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Ombra is opening a new restaurant serving lunchtime Roman pizza

The popular east London Italian is branching out

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Leonie Cooper
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East London’s lovely Ombra, which ever-so modestly calls itself ‘your fourth favourite Italian restaurant’ on social media, is celebrating its success over the past year by opening a new restaurant.

Ombra was one of the places that managed to pivot to a successful pandemic-friendly business model by offering picnics, meal kits, to-go sarnies and packs of cook-at-home pasta. Its new offering, which is situated in a railway arch just 50 or so metres away from the original restaurant’s current Vyner Street location in Hackney, will also serve as the production kitchen for all of Ombra’s pasta.  

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The new spot is likely to be called Ombra Pastificio & Forno and will open in November following a yet-to-be-launched crowdfunder, which is aiming to raise at least £60,000. Chef-owner Mitshel Ibrahim told Eater London about the new restaurant, which will take the form of a weekday lunchtime café and a pizza and natural wine joint on Saturday and Sunday evenings. 

It will be ‘a bit like E5 [Bakehouse], with tables at the front, pasta-makers and bakers at the back,’ Ibrahim told Eater. The pizza served will be crispy, tray-baked Roman-style pizza. ‘I’m very much in love with Rome and all things Roman,’ said the Milan-born chef. ‘It’s the best place in Italy to eat.’

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