An Espresso Date with Otto von Berlin
Hey you. It’s me again, Otto. The past weeks I’ve been resting my paws, worked on my tan-line and really enjoyed my vacation time with my partner Gregor. Nevertheless I have prepared something in between – an exclusive interview at the pool with our Interior Design expert.
Otto: Gregor, what do you think of this city called Krefeld?
Gregor: “Hah! You really caught me off guard here, my dear. Well, Krefeld is, let’s say… quite unique. I was there a couple of times and every time this city was different to my previous visit. On the one hand you have those impressive houses and villas, then many restaurants and shops in downtown, but also those shady areas like the central station. A lot of contrasts.”
Otto: A bit like Neukölln, eh? We have shady areas around every corner…
Gregor: “Yeah, but they do have a little more charm…”
Otto: You are right on that one. But how did you get to do an Italian bakery this time?
Gregor: “Well, it was supposed to be my first appointment with NOVELLO as my new partner. But once I got to the store, I stood there all by myself – all of them have been too late! Da Salvo and some of his friends came along eventually and we started to get going – Italian style. Lots of brainstorming, lots of discussing and raising voices – but nothing to be afraid of. It’s just southern mentality.
Otto: Yeah, yeah… This Southern Mentality… Always so heated up! Do they also sell Italian dog delicatessen?
Gregor: “Not yet, my dear. But their next upgrade is coming soon, certainly…”
Otto: I have one last question for you, before you can continue to scratch my belly: Where is the Italian Flair reflected at Da Salvo? What’s typically Italian for you?
Gregor: “Well, first of all I loved Da Salvos history. His great-grandfather opened his first bakery after the First World War. Later he installed some counters, so people in Germany could try out the Italian way to drink Espresso. I’ve wanted to emphasize this story and tradition in his shop somehow. When we were sitting in Da Salvos restaurant, he showed me a picture of his great-grandfather, which was immediately my inspiration for the sliding door. When you walk past the shop on the street one can see the picture immediately. And such a handsome man is certainly attracting visitors.”
Otto: Well, well, well. I knew you’d only have naughty thoughts going through your head, you philanderer! But thanks anyway for the interview, mister Drobnic – and now, off we go to Hasenheide!