Nostra Casa

Istanbul

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Nostra Casa

This hidden delight is tucked away in the old town near the Sofia mosque and offers great views over the city from the roof terrace. The friendly owner serves delicious Italian dishes and fine wines. For dessert, the tiramisu is highly recommended.

Dining

A meal often begins with meze—a number of small dishes such as aubergine purée, börek, various salads and cheese. Filling vegetables such as tomatoes, paprika, aubergines and zucchini with rice and minced meat is typically Turkish (dolmasi). There are special restaurants that only serve kebab or köfte, meatballs, look for Kebabci or Köfteci. Simpler restaurants are called Lokanta.