The Dylan Amsterdam recently started a unique collaboration with Euro Pizza. Curious about Euro Pizza and our collaboration? Read the interview below!
Hi, lovely to meet you! Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi! We are Rein Op ‘t Root, Tjalling de Goede, Nick Heijnis, Teun Burghard and Dimitri Mathijs, 5 friends who started Restaurant Europa in 2019. Restaurant Europa was located in ‘het HEM’: an old ammunition factory on the ‘Hembrug’ site in Zaandam. Everything is prepared in a wood fired oven and a barbecue. Our Restaurant serves only 26 guests at the bar around the kitchen and we serve a 12-course set menu based on fish and vegetables.
Euro Pizza?! How did it all start?
Due to the remote location and the start of the first lockdown and we decided to make woodfired sourdough pizzas. The name was quickly chosen: Euro Pizza. Pizzas with products of our suppliers to pay for our outstanding invoices, and to keep busy of course. We made some calls with various befriended restaurants in Amsterdam, who quickly became pick-up point for our pizzas. It was a huge success! Every weekend we sold over 350 pizzas, so we decided to do something with this.
That’s how it all started: Euro Pizza Restaurant opened its doors in the summer of 2020.
What makes a EuroPizza a EuroPizza?
We aim to use Dutch products as much as possible. Sourced locally and from suppliers in the direct vicinity of Amsterdam. For example, our sourdough base is made with Dutch ingredients from Korenmolen de Zandhaas in Santpoort. Also the mozzarella cheese we use is Dutch and our vegetables are harvested in a 20km radius from Amsterdam. Restaurant Europa is the basis of Euro Pizza Restaurant. That’s how we like to call it: a Pizza driven Wine Bar.
If you had to pick one, which pizza would it be?
Our favorite is Jimmy Pie, a pizza with comté, frisée lettuce, mushrooms, pickled red pepper and garlic oil.
How did you come up with the collaboration with The Dylan Amsterdam?
Chef Dennis Kuipers reached out to us very soon after we opened our doors during the second lockdown. The quality that we both strive for is the most important link in this cooperation. We’re proud that a hotel as The Dylan is featuring our pizza’s on their room service menu!
Amsterdam is known for its canals, Anne Frank House and liberal minds, but did you know there are several sweets you can only try here? We have listed the best ones for you!
Van Stapele Koekmakerij, Heisteeg 4
There is a big chance you have to stand in line here, because they have the best cookies! At Van Stapele they only make one type of cookie: theirs. It is a chocolate cookie with melted white chocolate inside.
De Drie Graefjes, Egertstraat 1 / Rokin 130 / Stadionplein 111
This American Bakery has several locations. They are famous for their red velvet cake, however here do try their tasty chocolate chip cookies as well!
Van Wonderen Stroopwafels, Kalverstraat 190
A typical Dutch cookie: stroopwafels. Here, at Van Wonderen, they gave the Dutch tradition a playful twist. Try your stroopwafel with a slathering of chocolate and your topping of choice, for example, mini marshmallows, M&M’s or more crumbled cookies.
Pompadour, Huidenstraat 12
Who does not like chocolate? At Pompadour they sell the best bonbons. Located in a lovely building in the heart of the nine streets, Pompadour is definitely worth a visit.
You can’t leave Amsterdam without trying some Dutch Classics. We’ll get you started:
‘Bitterballen’ are the most famous Dutch snack, and can be ordered in almost every (brown!) bar. Most Dutch people enjoy ‘Bitterballen’ accomplished with a beer, the perfect Dutch duo.
History of the Bitterbal
The first evidence of the existence of the Bitterbal dates back to the time of the Batavians, who lived in the Netherlands around 200 years before Christ in the province of Gelderland. The Batavians were used to eat roasted meat with bread and vegetables. After the meal, the women mixed the leftover food with water and bread to make a bread stew that could feed the hunters during their travels. The Romans followed the eating habits of the Batavians when they conquered the area.
During the Spanish invasion in the 16th century, the Spaniards copied the recipe from the Batavians. They changed the method of preparation: leftover meat was mixed with a batter of flour and egg, rolled up in old breadcrumbs and then fried. This recipe is very similar to today’s Bitterbal.
A Spanish ship’s cook discovers the Bitterbal during the Eighty Years’ War. Bitterballs were actually discovered by Spaniards. Because there was scarcity, they only had a few ingredients from which to make tapas: stale bread, ragout and meat. This meant the birth of the Bitterbal. After the Eighty Years’ War, the Netherlands inherited the Bitterbal.
Where to eat the best Bitterbal in Amsterdam?
- Bar Bitterbal, Utrechtsestraat 18
- De Ballen Bar, FoodHallen, Hannie Dankbaar Passage 16
- Black Angus Biterballen van Holtkamp Amsterdam, Vijzelgracht
‘Stamppot’ is a traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several vegetables. ‘Stamppot’ is eaten mainly during winter.
The best places in Amsterdam to try ‘Stamppot’:
Recipe ‘Stamppot Boerenkool’:
- 900 g potatoes
- 600 g kale
- 1 ‘Gelderse Rookworst’
- 200 ml milk
- 50 g margarine
- Peel the potatoes and cut into pieces. Put the kale in a pan and fill with fresh cold water until the kale is almost covered. Bring to the boil and add the potatoes, bring to the boil again and let everything simmer for about 20 minutes until tender.
- Drain the potatoes and kale and return to low heat to release the steam.
- Heat the ‘Gelderse Rookworst’ according to the preparation method on the package. In a pan, bring the milk, margarine and stock cube to a gentle boil. Stir every now and then.
- Drain the potatoes and kale. Mash the potatoes and kale until blended. Add the milk mixture little by little and stir well.
‘Drop’ (liquorice) is seen as a traditional and typical Dutch candy. It is made from juice from the liquorice root plant and flavored with salmiak and sweetener. The pure form without these additions is called block liquorice (blokdrop). Liquorice is sold in about 80,000 places in the Netherlands: in supermarkets, canteens, chemists, petrol stations and many other places. Almost every Dutch person has liquorice at home.
Where to buy this typical Dutch candy?
- Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje, Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat 2
A ‘stroopwafel’ is a wafer cookie made from two thin layers of baked dough joined by a caramel filling. First made in the Dutch city of Gouda, ‘stroopwafels’ are popular throughout the Netherlands.
Perhaps cheese is the most popular product within The Netherlands. You probably have heard from Gouda Cheese or Edam Cheese, however, Dutch cheese is so much more. At De Kaaskamer they can tell you everything about the best Dutch cheeses!
There are several different Dutch liquors, like jenever (the original gin!), beerenburg or Dutch gin. Wynand Fockink started in the 17th century distilling liquors and nowadays has a liquor store and a ‘Proeflokaal’ (tasting tavern) where you can taste those delicious liquors.
History of Wynand Fockink
In the 17th century, when the VOC ships brought herbs, spices and sugar to Amsterdam, distillers started distilling liqueurs on a large scale. The reason that the Amsterdam liqueur industry was becoming so important was that the city had become very prosperous and that liqueur, contrary to beer and genever, was an expensive drink which only the rich could afford to drink on a regular basis. When in 1724 Wynand Fockink acquired the distillery and the bar in the Pijlsteeg dating back to 1679, Amsterdam was still a rich and prosperous city with a thriving liqueur industry. In 1778 Wynand Fockink died and left the company to his single surviving heir, his daughter Maria. After her father’s death Maria continued the distillery together with distiller Dentzel. Business was flourishing and through Maria’s granddaughters it came in the hands of the Schmitz family. Until the takeover by Lucas Bols in 1954, the company was managed by descendants of Wynand Fockink. Under Wynand Fockink and his descendants, the liqueur distillery became one of the largest Dutch distilleries.
The tasting tavern and store are located on the Pijlsteeg 31 in Amsterdam.
I start the day at “Healthclub Jordaan”. A Gym in the heart of the famous Jordaan district. An hour of sweating under the guidance of my personal coach, Mike van Hoorn. In this gym you work out with Amsterdam’s finest: from born and bred Jordaan people to fit girls and from gym rats to expats, everyone is welcome, just leave your ego at the door.
Time for breakfast @ Bakers & Roasters. A glass orange juice for the vitamins and a chocolate powershake! The powershake is made from milk, peanut butter, banana and protein powder. Followed by two free-range eggs sunny-side-up on hot buttered toast with bacon, along with one avocado and a mini stack of pancakes & organic Canadian maple syrup. One of the best breakfast spots in town!
One of my favourite activities on my days off is visiting exhibitions in Amsterdam, like inspiring modern and contemporary art. You can and will find these rare artworks at Moco Museum in Amsterdam.
Lunch time! From “Museumplein” you walk within 15 minutes to one of my favorite lunch spot in town, “Dignita“. De Hoftuin is hidden behind the Hermitage at the Amstel in Amsterdam. Dignita has been located in De Hoftuin for 4 years now. A place where you can enjoy an extensive lunch and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Their menus highlight the seasons and reinvent traditional brunch classics with a twist. They focus on serving you the freshest food with every attention paid to detail they also use locally sourced ingredients and that’s what I like the most!
One of my favorite streets in Amsterdam: “The Utrechtstestraat”. The special thing about the Utrechtsestraat is of course its central location in the middle of the Grachtengordel, but what I like the most is that all shops are specialists. Many family businesses that attach great importance to quality, service and hospitality. My regular stops are @ “Tromp”, a true Amsterdam cheese shop, and a quick stop @ “De Gouden Ton” for a nice bottle of wine.
When the weather is nice, I like to go to the “Rembrandt park”, I live within 5 minutes from this beautiful park. And if you ask me, this is the most beautiful park in Amsterdam. Here you find the locals. It is large, very green with giant trees and streams. There is no restaurant, so a perfect place to relax on a blanket with cheeses from “tromp” and the cooled bottle of white wine from “De Gouden Ton”.
For dishes that will make you lick your fingers, one of my favorites bistros is “Cafe Cliche” in Amsterdam-East. It feels like your second living room.
Saturday night is perfect for a visit to the Hoxton, where it is always busy, they have a nice cocktail menu and the atmosphere is always relaxed. Before you go home, do not forget to take a photobooth session!!
for my groceries I always go to “landmarkt”, there you will find only fresh products, direct from the farmer, gardener, butcher, fishmonger and baker. On the way back I make a quick stop @ the “Bakhuys”, this is a place in the city where a family business bakes authentic bread in a wood-fired stone oven. You can also sit there, preferably in the morning sun on the small terrace. Drink a delicious cup of coffee and do not forget to order a Muesli/nuts bun, these buns are the best in Amsterdam!
Everybody who knows Amsterdam, knows the Albert Cuyp Market! The Market is originated in 1905 and is one of the favorite locations for locals, but also for tourists, students, day trippers and entrepreneurs. The Albert Cuyp Market is located in one of the most popular areas of Amsterdam. You can experience authentic Amsterdam atmosphere, humor and “gezelligheid” in the streets. I make a quick stop @Osaka ball, the Japanese munchies foods, you definitely need to try the Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki and ramen!
Towards the 9 streets! This cosy neighbourhood is full of boutiques that opens at 11:00 AM. Along the way, I always enjoy looking at the beautiful canal houses. One of my favourite Boutiques is @ Hud Amsterdam. When I pass by, I always walk in quickly. And never come out empty-handed. The owner is always friendly and up to date with the latest trends!
Time to go to the barber @ van de Hare. You can find me every 2 weeks at this place. This is really a moment of relaxation for me. This barbershop was founded more than 85 years ago. Van de Hare Amsterdam Barbers is located in the heart of Amsterdam near Dam Square and combines a rich history with contemporary Amsterdam flair
Lunch time! For the best Dim-Sum and Bejing Duck you go to “sea palace” along with a nice pot of jasmine tea. This is the largest floating restaurant in Europe. You just find a piece of China in Amsterdam next to the Amsterdam Central station.
Sailing with a classic boat from “classic boat dinners”. This is a small shipping company, consisting of two beautifully restored classic boats. My favorite is “The Muze”, the captain can pick you up wherever you want. And he will cruise you through the Amsterdam canals, filled with historic treasures. This is the perfect way to explore Amsterdam from the water.
After the boat cruise I go to Cafe Parlotte. A very cosy wine cafe in the middle of the Jordaan with an exceptionally wine list. You can easily sit here for 2/3 hours with a drink while enjoying tasty dishes.
NNea pizza, you won’t eat a pizza like this anywhere else in Amsterdam. And while you’re in this part of town just walk around the corner afterwards and get 3 scoops of pistachio ice cream @ Massimo Gelato, WoW!
Amsterdam is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. When visiting Amsterdam you must have made photo’s of the canals, tall and gabled buildings and the colorful flowers. We have listed some photo spots in Amsterdam you should not miss!
Damrak Narrow Houses
The narrow houses of Damrak are world famous. Walk from the Central Station to Dam Square and you will find the Damrak Narrow Houses on your left hand. Did you know that these canal houses are narrow for the reason that back in the day you were charged taxes based on the size of the building’s exterior? The smaller the façade, the cheaper.
The city’s favorite park, Vondelpark, is truly beautiful during any time of the year. It is the city’s local hangout during the summer.
Canals / nine streets
You cannot leave the city without taking a picture of the iconic image of a bike perched on a bridge on the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht or Herengracht.
When you are in Amsterdam you should venture out of the city centre and explore new neighborhoods. Explore for example, De Pijp. De Pijp itself is a neighborhood that is seriously photogenic. In De Pijp you will find the Wall Gallery saying ‘Wake Me Up When I’m Famous’, which is too good to pass up a photo with.
My Ideal 48 hours in Amsterdam, arrive early, drop your bags and head into town! I do have to warn you, my list contains a lot of sweets, I love to eat! Maybe that’s why I cycle a lot! So my first advise would be to rent one of our “The Dylan X Roetz” Circular […]
Liberation Day is a national holiday in The Netherlands celebrated each year on the 5th of May. We celebrate the liberation of The Netherlands from WWII in 1945 as well as the liberation of, then named, Nederlands-Indie. On the 5th of May, The Netherlands will also reflect on the value of freedom, democracy and human rights. The government chose this date because on that day the Germans capitulated.
The German army surrendered on this day in 1945, bringing the Second World War to an end for The Netherlands. Since then, The Netherlands has strived to be the capital of freedom, independence and tolerance. To celebrate its continual liberation and societal freedoms, various activities and events are planned throughout the city.
The Liberation Festivals are taking place across the country and have extensive musical programs and big-name acts relating to the theme freedom. At various spots in the city you will find Dutch band and international musicians and DJs.
This year Liberation Day is celebrated differently due to the COVID-19 measures. Liberation Day is celebrated on Bevrijdingsfestivals.nl. The 14 Liberation Festivals offer a joint online programme of more than 200 performances and activities on Liberation Day.
The Liberation Concert takes place in Carré Theatre and is broadcast live on NPO1.
King’s Day, previously known as Queen’s Day, is a national holiday within The Netherlands and is celebrated every year on 27th of April. On King’s Day The Netherlands is turning ‘oranje’ (orange) to celebrate HRH King Willem Alexander’s birthday (27th of April). Everyone is covered head to toe in ‘oranje’ (orange) as a sign of pride for the Dutch Royal family, the House of Oranje-Nassau. On King’s Day, the King and his family, visit a municipality with a central function in the region. The Royal Family will participate in the celebration, whereby the city and the surrounding places can present themselves in a festive and characteristic way. This can be done with a parade, with musical performances and with contributions from associations and organizations that are rooted in the city and region. In addition, the Royal Family meets the public along the route.
On August 31st, 1885, the first Princess Day was celebrated in The Netherlands on the occasion of the fifth birthday of Princess Wilhelmina. This day was the precursor to Queen’s Day. In 1891 the first Queen’s Day was celebrated and on 31st of August 1902 Queen’s Day became a national celebration day. After Wilhelmina’s daughter, Juliana, succeeded to the throne in 1949, the day was changed to the 30th of April in accordance with the new Queen’s birthday. When Juliana’s daughter, Beatrix, became queen she decided to retain the day in honour of her mother. In 2014, Beatrix son Willem-Alexander became king, he changed the date to his own birthday and the national day became King’s Day.
Activities in Amsterdam
On King’s Day Amsterdam streets are filled with all-day festivals with markets, music, laughter and cheer (and Heineken beer!)
As a city built on trade, ‘Amsterdammers’ love to haggle and bargain. The Vrijmarkt (literally ‘free market’) gives everyone the chance to sell their second-hand things on the streets and parks of Amsterdam, creating one of the world’s largest flea markets.
Top 3 Festival’s in Amsterdam
- Kingsland Festival
- Loveland van Oranje
What to do this year?
King’s Day looks different this year. We are all staying at home and celebrating the King’s birthday indoors this year. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do this year. First of all, for Amsterdammers there is Vondelpark Live (vondelpark.live). You walk through the digital Vondelpark and can admire young Amsterdammers performing musical and other acts. In the evening, there is the online Koningsdagconcert by The Streamers. You can order a free ticket via thelivestreamers.nl.
Moreover, the ‘vrijmarkt’ will be held online. There are several sites where you can simply lay down your digital rug this year.
On koningsdageindhoven.nl you can compile your own ideal Koningsdag. With performances, art and culture on various digital stages. The princesses can be seen in a talk show for and by young people. You can watch the visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima to Eindhoven between 11:00 and 13:00 on NPO1 and via koningsdageindhoven.nl.