La Goccia

Restaurants, Italian Covent Garden
3 out of 5 stars

An Italian restaurant from Petersham Nurseries.

An Italian job from London’s floweriest restaurant group, Petersham Nurseries, La Goccia looks out onto a lovely sun-dappled courtyard in Covent Garden. Unless it’s pouring, ask for a seat out there. The original Petersham, on the outskirts of Richmond, is so ebulliently verdant it borders a meadow. In comparison, Floral Court – featuring a deli, two restaurants and a flower shop from the group – feels a little corporate. But still, there are trees, and flowers, and tiny potted plants on all the tables. And we are in central London.

La Goccia is relatively inexpensive (the same cannot be said for the main restaurant, The Petersham, next door). A highlight was subtle wild mushroom ‘lasagnette’ – basically tagliatelle, served up with wonderfully rustic ugliness, for £12.50. Also excellent was the spicy nduja pizzette. Best of all, though, was a beautiful, moreish snack from the fritti section: anchovy delicately sandwiched between two fragrant sage leaves, then deep fried. Sitting outside eating these with a glass of wine does the same thing for your mental health as a two-week holiday in Tuscany.

Other dishes were disappointing. Lamb ragu was salty, one-note, courgette flowers were greasy and the beef desperately needed a condiment. Also, La Goccia is large and brown and corporate inside. With not nearly enough flowers. So in conclusion: go, weather permitting, but order carefully.

By: Kitty Drake


Venue name: La Goccia
Address: Petersham Nurseries
Floral Court
Covent Garden
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £75.
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A perfectly summery place to be for some delicious Italian tapas! It was high time I checked out Petersham Nursuries at Covent Garden, and how else to do it than with dinner at one of their restaurants on the day I land in London! After a 2 week break in Asia, I was craving some Western food that wasn't extravagantly priced and I got just that here. 

Between my friend and I, we shared the following:

1. Roasted Potatoes - Hands down my favourite dish. It was a classic but done so well! The potatoes were roasted with garlic, really tasty olive oil, and rosemary, which gave them an incredible flavour and smell. As it was roasted in an iron skillet, the potatoes had such a crispy exterior and a soft and fluffy interior! 

2. Pizzette - This small pizza came with the freshest mozzarella, olives, rosemary, and courgettes. A simple combination, which really allowed us to savour the mozzarella, which was delicious. 

3. Melon & Prosciutto - A classic Italian starter, especially in the summer! The melons were so ripe and juicy, it was incredible. Paired with the prosciutto on a stick and a fresh basil leaf, it was a really refreshing way to start the meal off. 

4. Ricotta Ravioli - These came in the most decadent sage and butter sauce, which is the only way I enjoy ravioli. It was super creamy but without feeling heavy and the ricotta stuffing blended really well with it. 

The service was pretty quick, as we came for an early dinner on a weekday and the staff were very friendly. Our waitress helped us pick out our choices and was really on point with filling up our glasses of water, which was great given how warm it has been this week! 

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