The Garden Gastro Bar
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This rustic little restaurant in West Norwood specialises in authentic Italian dishes. It complements them with a great-looking range of freshly baked cakes, charcuterie platters, cheese boards and wines exclusively from Italy and Sicily. Thankfully the name's not a misnomer - there's a cute little garden out back. It's a draw in the summer.
As with much of the menu, a lot of the pasta is homemade. Dishes here include a linguine alla Siciliana and ricotta and spinach tortellacci with a taleggio and walnut sauce, as well as black rice risotto with prawns and courgettes, saltimbocca alla Romana and orecchiette with butternut squash and pancetta.
The short wine list features bottles from Veneto, Piedmont, Tuscany, Sicily and Campania. Cocktails also feature, and prove popular with those popping down for aperitivo.