High quality deli produce is one of the draws at this charming Prebend Street spot – most of what they sell and serve here is sourced direct from Italy. It's tucked away in the residential back streets of Islington, but it's worth the five minute walk from Angel or Essex Road.
Italian wines, olive oil, packets of pasta, balsamic and biscotti fili the wooden shelves and double as decoration. A vast range of cheeses, meats and freshly baked breads appetise under a long glass service counter. A few tables outside prove a draw when the sun's out, with nice enough views across to St James Church.
Food options range from authentic bruschetta and generously stuffed sandwiches to well-regarded Neapolitan pizzas, fresh, own-made pasta dishes and colourful salads. Expect top notch ingredients used throughout. A short wine list is keenly priced, and all-Italian.
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I stumbled across this little Italian when going for my local shop. (I normally take a different route). It was a lovely sunny evening and they had tables all outside. We got seated straight away on a table of our choice and the fresh pasta menu was brought over on a board with examples of each pasta that had been freshly made for that day (see photo below). We had an antipasti to share for our starter and I have never seen anything so beautiful! Every antipast should be served like this, it was piled high with meats, cheese, grilled veg, melon and olives. I was in antipasti heaven. The pasta dishes are small so if you aren't hungry just have a starter and a pasta but if you are, then order a pizza to share afterwards. This is a little hidden gem and if you are near Essex Road, then go and check it out!
One of the best places in London for Italian produce, plus London's best bruschetta (I think...). Pizzas aren't bad at all either but it's mostly about the incredible produce here, much of which is brought over direct from Italy. The outdoor seating area is quite nice in the summer too. The only downside is that it's a bit of a trek from the tube. Locals are very lucky.