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Turkish & Italian cuisine in Tophane

Posted on 17 August 2014

Sitting around the grill at Peymane. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Are you in for something different? When you enter the new Peymane – La Cucina restaurant in the Tophane neighborhood of Istanbul you will be surprised. The restored old Ottoman buildings next to a historical Italian church and the residence of the Consul-General of Italy, actually houses two different restaurants.

On the top floor is ‘Peymane’, Turkish cuisine with a large variety of mezes (starters, cold and warm) kebabs, and salads. In Ocakbaşı style. Ocakbaşı means ‘in front of the fire’ and in a traditional ocakbaşı restaurant people sit around the large grill where dozens of portions are cooked by the chef, the kebabçı, also known as the usta.

And downstairs we find the Italian cuisine in the La Cucina restaurant.

Italian restaurant La Cucina. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Before moving to Tophane the Peymane restaurant was located in Asmalı Mescit for ten years and La Cucina used to be an Italian restaurant in Kemerburgaz.

The owners did a good job in merging Peymane – La Cucina. Both restaurants found their new home in a 5-storey building that includes an indoor-seating area and a beautiful garden.

In this special concept there are two separate menus available. Turkish meat dishes on the top floor. Pasta’s, risotto, pizza’s, and all things that a classic Italian cuisine offers: like antipasta platter (28 Turkish Lira), sliced veal with tuna sauce (24 TL), tomato bruschetta (12 TL).

We went for the Italian dishes. I had fresh pasta with asparagus and prawns (28 TL). Really mouth-watering. With a glass of Sarafin Merlot (Doluca), 23 TL. And pudding panacotta (12 TL), which means cooked cream, for desert. Panacotta is a traditional northern Italian dessert recipe originating in Piedmont. I loved it.

Mouth-watering deserts as well. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

It was a great dinner. Everything was fresh. And a real plus for me was that they offered us freshly bakes pide bread instead of the white bread you normally get in restaurants in Turkey. I’m sure we will be back in Summer and enjoy the garden as well.

How to get there?

Take the road down from Galtasaray Lisesi on Istiklal Caddesi and walk towards Tophane. You’ll see Peymane – La Cucina on your right.


Boğazkesen Caddesi 65/1



Tel. 0212 249 45 25



2 responses to “Turkish & Italian cuisine in Tophane”

  1. rietje says:

    I will def try it out next time I am in Ist Marc.
    Thanks for the advise.

  2. Sally says:

    Two of my favourite things Marc, asparagus and prawns! Sounds like a definite visit is needed especially in Summer. Thanks for sharing your visit.

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