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The Best of Italy, when in London

The Best of Italy, when in London | Italy in London | Scoop.it

April 2015

 

I'm based in London, so I'll be featuring atmospheric and authentic Italian places to visit in the city, when a trip to Italy isn't possible and you want to eat, drink, dream Italian.

 

If you'd like to get in touch, email me

 

bestoflondonlife@aol.com

 

Salute!

Ursula

 

 

 

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 CICHÈTI @ Polpetto Berwick Street

 CICHÈTI @ Polpetto Berwick Street | Italy in London | Scoop.it

Telephone: 020 7439 862

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September 2016


I visited Polpetto for an exceedingly speedy lunch last week. Service was prompt and the octopus was top notch. As was the tapas-sized pizza. I wouldn't order the pickled vegetables again as I found the dish rather bland. A glass of house wine was okay.

Cool place. I'd return to explore the menu further, when less rushed.

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#CafféCaldesi #Italy in #London #Marylebone: Italian Restaurant & Cookery School

#CafféCaldesi #Italy in #London #Marylebone: Italian Restaurant & Cookery School | Italy in London | Scoop.it

"Drop in for a real Italian cappuccino, relax and enjoy a choice of Italian wines by the glass with some delicious home-made pasta. Share an antipasti platter,,,"

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September 2016

Really must visit this Italian Institution, appreciated for its authentic atmosphere within relaxed surroundings and renowned for its cookery school.
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L'Anima Café (@LAnimacafe)

L'Anima Café (@LAnimacafe) | Italy in London | Scoop.it
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Apertivo Thursdays? Oh Yes!

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art | Italy in London | Scoop.it
"The Estorick Caffè is open again, with a brand new look, feel and menu. Starting with a residency from Burro e Salvia, who have created a bespoke menu for the Caffè featuring some of their signature dishes,"
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September 2016


Temporary closure of museum From August 2016 to January 2017 the Estorick Collection will be closed while the building and garden undergo comprehensive renovation.


May 2016


The Estorick in Islington has an inviting caffe.. After you look round their current exhibition , be sure to have a coffee or a light bite. If the weather stays fine, you can sit outside In the pleasant courtyard.

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Parma Ham Celebration @ Briciole, Marylebone

Parma Ham Celebration @ Briciole, Marylebone | Italy in London | Scoop.it

"Briciole is an Italian trattoria, café bar and deli under one roof, in the heart of Marylebone. Last night London Food & Drink reviewer Shaun Traynor attended a celebration of its Parma ham."

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Read the review here https://bestoflondonlife.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/parma-ham-celebration-briciole-marylebone/

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zucca - a restaurant serving modern Italian food on Bermondsey Street, London SE1

zucca - a restaurant serving modern Italian food on Bermondsey Street, London SE1 | Italy in London | Scoop.it
web site for Zucca London - a restaurant serving modern Italian food on Bermondsey Street, London SE1.
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Bocca Di Lupo #Soho

Bocca Di Lupo #Soho | Italy in London | Scoop.it
Bocca di Lupo, London's Premier Regional Italian restaurant in the heart of Soho.
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:

We've got it on the still-to-visit list.

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Caterina

Caterina | Italy in London | Scoop.it

Caterina 55 London

 

In a city famous for its history, where every turn has a story to tell, this is a family inspired restaurant which takes great pride in its own (carefully imported) family history: Caterina55 is named after its eponymous founder; the first Caterina opened a beachside cafe called Panama on the coast of Liguria in 1922 ; the first Caterina’s daughter-in-law (also called Caterina and born in 1955) continues the legend and gives this modern City of London fast/food outlet its name – Caterina55 to be found at 5 Moor lane and in fact within the fabled Heron Building.

 

It has been the driving ambition of the family to replicate that simplicity of original rural and organic Italian/Ligurian cooking into a fast/food environment in London. So Caterina55 prides itself on fast service – eat in/take away – but using natural ingredients; all meals are cooked using only the freshest of ingredients, beef and chicken sourced organically, bread baked free from industiral preservatives, soup made from in house stock. You can be sure of this ethics in the City of London!

 

So what of the food, the ambience? The place is spacious and seating generous to diners. The food I sampled was superb. There is a breakfast menu, then a lunch and evening menu of panini, salads, soups, pasta dishes and burgers. I know this sounds the same as .. well almost everywhere else - it is the organic and ethical take on these dishes that makes Caterina55 stand out.

 

I would like to see the place develop into a wine and cicchetti happy hour around 5 30 to 7 30 with a bacari type situation by the big city window.

 

S.T. (Shaun Traynor)
Caterina55 is at 5 Moor Lane London EC2

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http://www.caterina55.com/

 

ps

Just  look at that calamari ! Drools Ville ..as for the pesto  lasagne ..the chick pea burger ..thanks Antonio!

 

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The staff are absolutely lovely

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Briciole in Marylebone

Briciole in Marylebone | Italy in London | Scoop.it
Our Italian traditional restaurant at Briciole in Marylebone, London combines Italian classics, including pastas, with modern creations all at affordable prices.
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Briciole
21 May 2015

Lunchtime tagliatelle with asparagus and summer truffle

 

" JUST FOR THE RECORD It moved my life up to a higher level, a new experience better and different from anything I have experienced before. It was like a city break, a holiday,. This is a genuine Italy in London experience. "

 

Solitary Diner

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A London Landmark: Bar Italia

A London Landmark: Bar Italia | Italy in London | Scoop.it

A room above what is now Bar Italia is Soho is where this mysterious contraption called television was first demonstrated by John Logie Baird in 1926….it’ll never catch on you know.... as the director of the BBC at the time was quoted as saying.

 

and whilst pondering the forward thinking quoted above ...

you might like to listen to Pulp!

 

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQGEi4ah_cU

 

(translated into Spanish!)

 

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:

Bar Italia is a wonderful place to sit and sip an espresso. I particularly  love to sit outside with friends to gossip away a few hours, whilst watching the Soho world whirl by. My idea of Heaven.

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Bar Italia is a wonderful place to sit and sip an espresso. I particularly  love to sit outside with friends to gossip away a few hours, whilst watching the Soho world whirl by. My idea of Heaven.

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Terroni of Clerkenwell since 1878

Terroni of Clerkenwell since 1878 | Italy in London | Scoop.it

"Welcome to Terroni of Clerkenwell - London's oldest Italian delicatessen. Since Terroni of Clerkenwell first opened its doors in 1878, we have been supplying a wide and diverse range of Italian food, drink and provisions.

 

Terroni of Clerkenwell is located in what was the heart of London's Italian community - Clerkenwell. First opened in 1878, by Luigi Terroni, the delicatessen has become famous for its wide range of products, great tasting fresh deli counter, and vast selection of Italian wines. With over 130 years of experience, we have built a reputation as the leading delicatessen in London for Italian food and provisions.

 

Since we re-opened in 2012, we have added a food menu for breakfast, lunches and afternoon snacks. Why not visit us to see our fresh selection, and enjoy a coffee or pint of Italy's finest Peroni Nastro Azzurro or a glass of Prosecco, red or white wine to accompany your food."

  

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Little Italy, Clerkenwell, London

 

http://hidden-london.com/gazetteer/little-italy/

 

photo courtesy of  http://alliloveaboutitaly.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/terroni-of-clerkenwell-italian-quality-since-1878/

 

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Menu Natalizio @ Spaghetti House

Menu Natalizio @ Spaghetti House | Italy in London | Scoop.it
Italy In London has reviewed this 2016 Christmas Menu from Spaghetti House and recommends it highly for group parties of eight or more.  

Read the review here:   


 
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Traditional festive dishes feature alongside lighter options on this appetizing Christmas Menu. Great choices for pescatarians and vegetarians.
 
Bookings and more info: www.spaghettihouse.co.uk

Dedicated Christmas Line: 020 7395 0390

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Gastronomica @ Borough Market

Gastronomica @ Borough Market | Italy in London | Scoop.it
"Gastronomica was founded in 2000 by Marco Vineis to import high quality food from Italy and provide advice to chefs in the UK. It has developed strong, exclusive relationships with Italian suppliers and introduced many small rural producers to the wider European market. Much more than a food importer, Gastronomica's service is based on close collaboration between producers, suppliers and chefs. These relationships enable producers to satisfy their requirements and Gastronomica to inspire well-known chefs to create dishes using new products – its most important role as a company. We at Gastronomica believe that poor rural economies have great potential, if supported by effective organisation, and that Italy's mountain cheeses (and other traditional foods) are literally masterpieces. The know-how and skills of shepherds and artisans contribute greatly to the local culture and economy, maintaining important traditions and helping to regenerate their communities. As an example, our supplier and friends Riccardo and Maria from the Castelmagno area (Val Grana, Piemonte) have recently happily given birth to a child in a village where no children were born for over 17 years - literally breathing new life into their community."
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Tasted this amazing blue cheese from Gastronomica at Bellavita 2016. It's a rich blue cheese encased in a smooth, fruity outer layer which contained strawberries and rose petals. so good I have got to go to seek out these guys in Borough Market to find out more about it, how its made, where it comes from and of course to taste it again! It's all about the taste!
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Stefano Potorti’s top 7 Italian restaurants in London - Finbuzz

Stefano Potorti’s top 7 Italian restaurants in London - Finbuzz | Italy in London | Scoop.it
My favourite pizza place in London. Located in Covent Garden, it is very casual, a bit noisy and makes you feel like you are in Naples. If you want to see their pizzaiolo in action, take a seat downstairs next to the wood fire oven. Apart from the pizzas, they have good antipasti too. My old-time favourite pizza there is Salsiccia e Friarielli – with fresh Italian sausage and Neapolitan broccoli rabe.
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
Love recommendations for Italian Restaurants from knowledgeable Italians living in London! Have walked past here lots of times.. I shall make it my destination when I next feel the urge for some proper pizza when in town.
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Pre-Theatre - Vico

Pre-Theatre - Vico | Italy in London | Scoop.it

"VICO is conveniently located in the heart of London’s Theatreland, surrounded by top West End theatres and cinemas. Join us for an Italian feast either before or after your show, and celebrate with a carafe of prosecco, great traditional Italian dishes or a slice of pizza or two.

 

Our huge selection of Italian food is focused on South-Central Italy, charting the journey of the Appian Way. Our pre-theatre menu is £12.50 per person and includes a starter and a main or a main and dessert. Add a glass of our delicious Glera Prosecco (on tap) for just £3:50."

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Time Out Review

http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/vico

 

But where are the backless chairs they mention?

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Piccolino Heddon Street

Piccolino Heddon Street | Italy in London | Scoop.it
Located on Heddon Street In Mayfair, an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street in London, Piccolino restaurant, lower ground floor cicchetti bar and al fresco terrace has recently undergone a stylish transformation befitting to one of the most fashionable cities in the world. Serving only the best and freshest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat and seafood that reflect pure Italian flavours.
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Polpo - Venetian small plates, Prosecco & spritz #Soho

Polpo - Venetian small plates, Prosecco & spritz #Soho | Italy in London | Scoop.it
Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines. Polpo is now open in Soho, Covent Garden and Smithfield
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Gelupo - London's finest ice cream and gelato

Gelupo - London's finest ice cream and gelato | Italy in London | Scoop.it
Gelupo is the finest Artisan Gelato experience this side of the Alps.
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Surely it must soon be time for a gelato?

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La Gelatiera - Home to London's finest artisan gelato and coffee in the heart of Covent Garden, 27 New Row.

La Gelatiera - Home to London's finest artisan gelato and coffee in the heart of Covent Garden, 27 New Row. | Italy in London | Scoop.it

"La Gelatiera is home to London's finest artisan gelato and coffee."

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 First sign of sunshine, I'll be rushing off to Covent Garden for some of this award-winning gelato!
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A London Institution: one of London's oldest and finest Italian delis : LINA

A London Institution: one of London's oldest and finest Italian delis : LINA | Italy in London | Scoop.it
 Lathered in pistachio green ceramic tiles and sheltered by a striped canopy, Lina sits opposite Damson & Co on Brewer Street looking all chic and Italian. Step through the door into the larder ...

 

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Established in Soho in 1944

http://www.linastores.co.uk/

 

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Amico Bio #Vegetarian #Organic #Italian #Restaurant #London

Amico Bio #Vegetarian #Organic #Italian #Restaurant #London | Italy in London | Scoop.it

Amico Bio - Italian Vegetarian Organic Restaurant London.

 

" Our aim is to bring the best of Italian Vegetarian Cuisine to London, using the freshest organic products, cooked in the simplest way. "

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E.Pellicci

E.Pellicci | Italy in London | Scoop.it

"If you were to go to E. Pellicci at 332 Bethnal Green Rd in 1990, you would have been welcomed by Nevio Pellicci and if you were to go back this week you would be greeted by Nevio Pellicci. You would recognise many of the staff from before and the cafe would be almost identical to your previous visit. Yet it would be a different Nevio Pellicci that welcomed you in this new century, working alongside his sister Anna, as one generation has passed away to be succeeded by another at London’s most celebrated family-run cafe, in business since 1900 and still going strong."

 

Colin O'Brien

Photographer

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I have yet to visit but I feel that this cafe is about the people who work there and the people who pass through its doors. Known as a warm and welcoming place, it very much reflects the social aspect attached to eating in Italy.

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House of Peroni Reopens In Brick Lane

House of Peroni Reopens In Brick Lane | Italy in London | Scoop.it
Giving you a taste of life lived in Italian style. Delve into the features, explore the residencies and discover the story behind Peroni Nastro Azzurro.
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Italiano Alla Moda

 

Not to be missed by those who love what is cool and classy!

 

http://sco.lt/6YgmnZ

 

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