Vienna: A scent of home: Pitawerk

Category: Design Travelers;

Storyteller: Ines Delić, architect;

All those who don’t live in their hometown will understand me and know the feeling when you miss your mother’s or grandmother’s cooking as well as the smell of homemade, traditional food. Since I live abroad for quite a while I am always delighted when I find a glimpse of my home country somewhere. That’s why I visited Pitawerk this weekend.

Svi oni koji ne žive u svom rodnom gradu, razumjet će me i shvatiti onaj osjećaj, kada ti nedostaje majčina ili bakina kuhinja, kao i miris domaće, tradicionalne hrane. Pošto već duže vrijeme živim u inostranstvu, oduševim se svaki put, kada negdje naiđem na tračak svoje domovine – Bosne i Hercegovine. Zato sam ovog vikenda posjetila Pitawerk.

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Pitawerk is a compound of the Bosnian word “pita” and the German word “Werk”. For those who don’t know, pita is a traditional Bosnian-Herzegovinian dish – paper-thin pastry stuffed with minced meat, cheese, spinach or potatoes. “Werk” means factory.

Pitawerk je složenica bh. riječi “pita” i njemačke riječi “Werk”. Za one koji ne znaju, pita je tradicionalno bosansko jelo – papir-tanko tijesto punjeno mljevenim mesom, sirom, špinatom ili krompirom. “Werk” na njemačkom jeziku znači tvornica.

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Pitawerk opened his doors in Vienna in January this year. A modern but at the same time cozy environment invites you to sit down and enjoy the scent of pita to the soft melodies of Bosnian-Herzegovinian music. The assignment of the architect was to create an urban space permeated with traditional elements. He mastered the task very well. The outcome is a small restaurant designed à la French bakery with an open kitchen decorated with traditional elements.

Pitawerk je svoja vrata u Beču otvorio u januaru, ove godine. Moderan, a u isto vrijeme udoban ambijent vas poziva da uz miris pite sjednete i uživate u mekim melodijama bh. muzike. Zadatak arhitekte bio je stvoriti urbani prostor prožet tradicionalnim elementima. Vrlo dobro ga je savladao: mali restoran dizajniran à la francuska pekara, sa otvorenom kuhinjom,  dekorisan tradicionalnim elementima.

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The owners are two Bosnians who came to Vienna a while ago. I asked one of them why he decided to open a place like this. “I missed my mother’s pita and I couldn’t find it anywhere in my new surrounding. So, I went home asked her to teach me and here I am, making pita for you guys.”

Vlasnici su dva Bosanca koji su u Beč došli prije dvadesetak godina. Jednog od njih sam pitala odakle mu ideja te zbog čega je odlučio otvoriti ovo divno mjesto. “Nedostajala mi je pita moje majke a nigjde u svom novom okruženju nisam uspio pronaći barem sličnu. Dakle, otišao sam kući i zamolio je da me nauči. Sad sam tu i  pravim pitu za vas.”

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One thing I noticed while waiting for my zeljanica (pita stuffed with spinach)… there were people ordering their meal in Bosnian, German and English. I was amazed and proud at the same time! 

Jednu stvar sam zamjetila dok sam čekala svoju zeljanicu… ljudi su pitu naručivali na bosanskom, njemačkom i engleskom jeziku. Bila sam zapanjena ali i ponosna u isto vrijeme!

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Keep up the good work Pitawerk!

Nastavite sa dobrim radom Pitawerk!

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