Restaurant Karalis is a local family restaurant in the city centre of Leiden. This restaurants serves authentic Italian dishes with a strong accent to the island of Sardenia. The restaurants only uses products imported from Italy and they try to make everything theirselves as much as possible.
We started our evening in this restaurant with homemade baguette and herb butter and a good glass of wine. As our first course we ordered the ‘Funghetti misti trifolati’ and the ‘Calamari fritti’. These were mixed mushrooms in a creamy garlic sauce and fried squid served with garlic mayonnaise. The mushrooms tasted amazing and the fried squid was really crispy and tasteful as well. ❤
Thereafter we ordered the pizza ‘Quattro formaggi’ (four cheeses) and the ‘Ravioli al pomodoro’. The pizza was absolutely the best four cheeses pizza that we ever tasted before! The dough was crispy, but soft and the cheeses on the pizza were amazingly creamy. The ravioli also had a good taste but it could not compete with the pizza. The taste of the tomato sauce was in our opinion a bit overwhelming but the ravioli itself tasted very good!
Finally, we chose to go for the ‘Dama bianca’ and the ”Panna cotta alla fragola’. These were vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce and whipped cream and homemade pannacotta with strawberries. Both of the dishes tasted superb and sweet.
We thought it was very special that most of the Karalis staff is Italian. This gives the restaurant a really different vibe and it feels like you’re in Italy the moment you enter this restaurant. We had a very pleasant evening in this restaurant and we absolutely loved the food as well! If you go to this restaurant, you should definitely try their pizzas. They are, in our opinion, the best!
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