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A gluten-free Italian restaurant in Soho.
Considering the amount of pasta on offer at this restaurant, dinner is anything but leggero, meaning ‘light’ in Italian. But this is a carb-fest with a difference, as Leggero is also totally gluten-free. It feels like one of Soho’s classic no-frills Italian restaurants, just with the unique benefit of catering to restricted diets.
At Leggero, ravioli, gnudi, carbonara and tiramisu – pretty much all the Italian wheaty wonders that are usually off-limits to anyone avoiding gluten – are here in all their glory.
The menu includes small plates and starters to share, followed by larger pasta dishes and classic desserts. If you’re coeliac, vegan or have any allergies you won’t have to navigate through all the things you can’t eat or put the waiter through a rigorous cross-examination: the passionate staff were positively delighted to tell us about the free-from options. It’s somewhere gluten-free diners could happily take friends for dinner, without dreading the inevitable comparisons with how food is ‘supposed’ to taste.
The bruschetta trio featured generous slices of gluten-free bread with an earthy lentil spread, fresh tomatoes, and a salty-sweet gorgonzola, pear and lavender honey topping. The fresh handmade tomato pappardelle was a shock of soft, supple pink ribbons, with perfect al dente bite, under a dark bolognese sauce. Spoons were fighting over the tiramisu’s light sponge, creamy topping and heavy dusting of cocoa; it could have gone undercover on any Italian menu. Only the lamb meatballs and bolognese sauce would have benefited from more depth: these felt like quite ordinary renditions of Italian classics.
Make a reservation, as this little restaurant is busy from the start to end of service.
Handmade ravioli, tagliatelle, and focaccia lie at the heart of our chef’s menu that takes diners on a journey through the beauty of Italy’s rolling hills, flat planes and sprawling mountains to the vibrant streets of SOHO, in central London, and then, crossing the Thames to the 45000 sqft industrial space of MERCATO METROPOLITANO, just 5' minute walking from Elephant and Castle.
In both locations, you'll find plenty of vegan, vegetarian and dairy-free options free-from gluten and yet, flavoursome with no compromises on taste and quality. Our service is casual and friendly, a perfect place to gather with your friends or taking your date for a different Italian dinner which you would never find somewhere else.
SOHO: (64, Old Compton Street, W1D4UQ)
A cozy restaurant where to have scrumptious lunch-break with your colleagues, Leggero is also just a stone's thrown away by the major attractions
MERCATO METROPOLITANO: (42 Newington Causeway London SE1 6DR),
A different vibe is what you’ll find in this 45,000sqft of charming industrial space in Elephant and Castle, already among the most loved market in town!
A different dining experience is what we deliver, showing how a gluten-free meal can be as tasty as the traditional Italian food you once tried whilst on holidays... Visit our locations, try our dishes, enjoy the atmosphere and then, spread the word!