Pastaio

Pastaio do know how to build suspense: their Instagram teasers in anticipation of their recent opening were a long-haul.  The number of simultaneous snaps that were posted to build up a whole collage of pasta did create a fuss around #handmadepasta!  What became particularly frustrating was the anticipation they sought to create by not revealing … Continue reading Pastaio

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Anima e Cuore

When a Timeout review tells you, in a rather self-congratulatory tone, that a restaurant "has become immensely popular” since their article was published, you suspect you might be onto something good. Anima e Cuore, at the very end of Kentish Town Road, did sound very promising. With buzzwords like, “only 22 covers”, “low prices”, and … Continue reading Anima e Cuore

Mother

Copenhagen’s mother of all pizzerias – Mother (pun had to be made) – has landed in London and most excitingly, it’s laid its roots in my soon-to-be neck of the woods, Battersea. Though I won’t quite be a Nine Elms resident, the developing Circus West Village, underneath the trendy old arches, has a lot going … Continue reading Mother

Forza Win

Italian food, pasta specifically, and I seem to be having something of a renaissance recently. I've enjoyed many a bowl out, from the gorgeous River Cafe and trendy Palatino, to the glorious Padella and the excellent value for money Sager + Wilde. Now was the turn of Forza Win: a Peckham-based establishment offering pasta and … Continue reading Forza Win

Sager + Wilde

I don’t often venture so far eastwards, even/especially on a Friday evening, but wine bar (and it turns out foodie paradise) Sager + Wilde on Bethnal Green’s Paradise Row (yes, infinity with the street name) had been on my radar for a while. Since my media savvy foodie friend from school seemed very keen, why … Continue reading Sager + Wilde

Palatino

In celebration of summer solstice, my companion and I finally made it to Palatino, a new Italian in the heart of Clerkenwell. We'd been meaning to try out Palatino for a while now, especially since enjoying a drink or two here during Clerkenwell’s Design Week when Palatino had hosted an evening curated by the wonderful Bompas & Parr about the relationship between food, … Continue reading Palatino

Made of Dough

A pizza soft launch coinciding with various June birthdays – ideal ingredients for some Italianate indulgence at bargain prices.  Although I say Italian, Made of Dough is South London’s answer to excellent food in the leafy and highly gentrified (on which, see Jay Rayner’s eloquent piece on Tooting here) Bellenden Road. Branching out from the … Continue reading Made of Dough

Radio Alice

For a pre-mother’s day treat, a pizza supper with the family was called for (by me…!).  This was also the perfect excuse to try out the new concept pizzeria, Radio Alice. So enticing did their Instagram photographs look that they’d lured me to Hoxton Square…on a Sunday evening.  Both the Pizze Rosse (with an organic … Continue reading Radio Alice

Theo’s Pizzeria

Located in the heart of Camberwell, just a short walk from Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye, I’d come across Theo’s Pizzeria through the wonderful world of Instagram and deliciously tempting snaps of Neapolitan sourdough pizzas in one of my favourite spots in South London. I was also very keen on entering their Instagram competition to … Continue reading Theo’s Pizzeria

Veneta

Always on the look-out for a soft launch/bargain supper, a friend had informed me about Veneta’s very generous 50% discount for an austere January. Opened last October, Veneta is the latest (brain)child of the Salt Yard Group and has set up shop in a hotly contested neighbourhood featuring the likes of Fumo, Kiln and Margot. … Continue reading Veneta