Stylish Italian by the Hackney Wick canal.
The best thing about this Hackney Wick Italian is its canal-side position. With the doors flung open on summer evenings, it almost feels like you’re dining in Amsterdam. Not quite Italy, but we’ll take it. The eye doesn’t focus out the window though, given that a loud, graffiti-style mural takes up one wall on the inside. Maybe Gotto is trying to prove it’s street enough to be setting up shop in the Wick, since the people behind this restaurant also operate the slick Italian eaterie Mele e Pere in Soho.
Mele e Pere impresses most with its vermouth selection, and while that vast library isn’t replicated at Gotto, they do recommend a red or white aperitivo to kick off the evening or to pair with small plates. We happily tucked into a liquid-y burrata and a plate of bombette (pork and pancetta wrapped around cacio cheese), which offered little salty mouthfuls with springy meat. Simple main dishes didn’t bring the same excitement to our table, although they were well executed, particularly a whole sea bass fresh with lemon and Italian herbs. The tortellini had excellent bite and a delicate courgette flower filling, but the sauce on the top and a shower of black truffle made it overpoweringly rich.
Is Gotto your go-to Italian in Hackney? Probably not. But it’s bringing a bit of chic to a neighbourhood that’s rapidly changing, and although dinner didn’t rock my world, I’d quite happily return for a bombette and vermouth beside the canal.
|Venue name:||Gotto Trattoria|
Canalside Here East
|Opening hours:||Mon 5-10.30pm; Tue-Fri 10.30am-10.30pm; Sat 11am-10.30pm; Sun 11am-9.30pm.|
|Transport:||Hackney Wick Overground|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £85|
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Very cliché to state that this is the best pizza place in London.... But it actually is! Lovely vibe, homie feeling, and not only delicious pizza.... Try the pastas!
Part of the development of the River Lea, between the Olympic Park and Hackney Wick, a handful of new restaurants and bars have opened, flanked with deck chairs, grassy knolls, and wild flowers - you could almost forget where you were, a lovely oasis of calm surrounded by noise limited to cyclists, walkers, and boaters, not a car in sight.
Gotto Trattoria is, as the name suggests, an Italian restaurant, and I had a lovely meal there in June, consisting of:
Fried octopus polpette, and Pork and smoked pancetta bombette, cacio cheese sauce to start, and then Courgette flower ravioli, Umbria black truffle and Cavatelli with palourde clams, chickpeas, chilli and garlic for mains. Everything was delicious, though the service was a little punctuated.
Highly recommend the new strip of Hackney-sur-Lea; perfect on a balmy evening with a cool glass of wine.
We ate here on Saturday, 28 May. I loved it and cannot wait to go back. The sea bream carpaccio was delish, and the T-Bone steak was a total treat. I didn't have a dessert, but they looked superb and next time I will definitely save room. Can't wait to enjoy this restaurant again on a lazy summer's day.
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