Gotto Trattoria

Restaurants, Italian Hackney Wick
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)

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.

By: Laura Richards


Venue name: Gotto Trattoria
Address: Canalside Here East
E20 3BS
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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Gotto is a very nice spot, specially now that the weather is warmer. The sun comes down on the terrasse and the canal, so it's perfect for an after-work drink and dinner. The menu is lovely as you can nibble on pizzetas, courgette fritters (they could be bigger though) as well as have a regular dinner. I would recommend the raviolis. Staff is really helpful. The bottle of prosecco is quite expensive (nearly £20) but is good quality. 


Gotto is a pretty nice Italian restaurant on this new canal-side food/drink development in Hackney Wick. For the warmer months, the big open window might create a very nice atmosphere, although it wouldn’t hurt to try to create a more homey lighting in the evenings while it’s not that warm and bright yet. The staff was really helpful with the wine, we were very pleased with the reasonable priced and delicious full-bodied red wine that they suggested. On the day we went, there was a special offer, with an antipasti and pasta for £10: I wasn’t even going to order the antipasti, but I got tempted, and I’m so glad I did! The burrata was beautiful, super creamy and soft, the lamb meatballs were also tasty. The ravioli and the lasagna were faultless. I definitely wanna go back!


Gotto is relaxed and friendly place next to the canals, sister restaurant to Mele e Pere, which tells you immediately it will be unapologetically good.
On weekends, reserve a table, just in case, restaurant often attracts big groups of people.
I love the stiff there, they almost feel like family now.
It became our go- to neighborhood place, where you can count on good food and service.

Lamb meatballs with pecorino cheese are very tasty, if you combine them with Sicilian vegetable arancini is a good combo, meatballs come with tasty sauce and arancini are perfect for dipping. Buratta and tuna tartar are great too.

For mains you can never go wrong with ravioli, they have their daily special. Tagliatelle with mussels, courgette and tomato, equally tasty, although I did add a bit of pepper and salt, but that is up to your taste.

Every visit is very satisfying and very soon I'll try everything they have on the menu :)


My favourite Italian in London: authentic Italian food and great value for money. The arancini, fried squid and tagliatelle with mussels made the trip to Hackney Wick well worth it!

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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