Nobody does food like the Italians. Nobody. But don’t just take our word for it: take a whistle-stop tour of all the best bites of Italian cuisine at the Moretti Gran tour, returning to London for a third year, at the Old Truman Brewery from July 19 to 24.
For five days and nights, ten street-food vendors will serve up mouthwatering authentic Italian food – from Lazio, Naples, Tuscany and other foodie hotspots – along with ice-cold beers from Birra Moretti. It’s your chance to share food and drink with family and friends, and reflect on the important things in life.
You can join the Italian street food festival for free every day from 11am to 10.30pm (with the exception of launch night, July 19, when doors open at 8pm). Or book one of the exciting culinary masterclasses, Tuscan Butchery with Forza Win and Italian Pasta Making with CinCin.
And as if that wasn't enough, you can also win two tickets to the arts and music celebration Festival No.6.
Five must-do experiences at the Moretti Gran Tour
Sample the new Regionali range
You can’t move for beer (or beards) in East London. In recent years, the hippest part of the capital has been home to a beer renaissance. And, naturally, Gran Tour is keen to be part of it. That’s why, for the first time anywhere in the UK, Moretti is showcasing its Regionali collection; two beers with two unique flavours. The citrussy Birra Moretti alla Siciliana will make your palette zing, while Birra Moretti alla Toscana will impress you with its subtle chestnut notes and slightly bitter finish. Match these intoxicating new tastes with the mouthwatering food on offer.
Become a pasta master
Take note, students: there’s way more to pasta than emptying a jar of sauce over some soggy spaghetti. Just ask the pasta masters at Brighton’s CinCin, they’ll tell you – and then show you, at this hands-on Italian Pasta Making masterclass. Guests are taught how to recreate one of four classic pasta dishes from scratch, each paired with a Birra Moretti variant. Book online now and become a pasta master.
Have a butcher’s at this masterclass
Another chance to get hands-on at the Gran Tour. Hosted by Peckham-based critical darlings Forza Win, their Tuscan Butchery masterclass is a meaty slice of old Italia. Inside a recreation of a traditional Tuscan butcher’s shop, you’ll learn the basics of butchery, the craft of cooking and how to savour every last morsel. There’ll also be plenty of Moretti beer on hand to pair with the delicious food. In a word: magnifico! Book online now.
Say hello to some old friends...
This year the Gran Tour welcomes some old amici back into the fold. The Pizza Pilgrims, who began their foodie journey whizzing round the old country in a Piaggio Ape van, serve up classic Neapolitan-style pizzas. Giacomo Bia, of the much-loved Gurmetti food truck, returns with his authentic Parma cuisine given a modern twist. And no Gran Tour would be complete without the Arancini Brothers and their moreish arancini balls.
...and meet some new ones too
The Gran Tour is always keen to freshen things up by inviting the best new street-food types to participate in their mega Italian feast. This year, Hackney-based Just Fab join in the fun, serving up delicious vegan interpretations of traditional Sicilian food. There’s also Lazio-stye burgers and lamb cutlets from Italian natives Tongue ’n Cheek. And, for dessert, artisan types La Gelatiera are on hand with their traditional Italian ice cream in flavours galore. What a scoop! While coffee lovers can round off the day with a perfect hit of freshly roasted beans from southern Italian vendors Terrone & Co. Last but not least, don't forget to visit the new Italian Market, packed full of fresh, aromatic produce.
When one of the smartest Italian restaurants in the Square Mile decides to do a casual spin-off, it doesn’t mean you can show up in your flip-flops or bring the kids. So don’t let the rustic harvest festival-esque display or cute table bouquets of herbs and fruit fool you either. L’Anima’s little sister might have a softer look and more relaxed menu than the white and chrome flagship, but it’s every bit as City slick.Located just one street away from chef Francesco Mazzei’s original restaurant, this expansive, glass-fronted spot boasts more than just a ‘less formal’ eatery. There’s also a bar with all-day dining to soak up those after-work drinks or cheeky afternoon pints, and a deli is packed with take-away Italian salads, pizza by the slice and sweet snacks for lunching office workers.Soon after we sat down a welcome trolley arrived. It was loaded with excellent own-made breads ranging from cheesy grissini to swirls of ’nduja (a spreadable, spicy Calabrian ‘sausage’) plus dips such as roasted aubergine, and an anchovy and tomato version of the ancient Roman fermented fish sauce, garum. There’s no such thing as a free breadstick in the City, though, as this costs £3.75 for a selection. As with L’Anima, the restaurant menu here is inspired by southern Italian cuisine. The presentation has few of the artistic smears and blobs you’ll find at the older sibling, and you won’t find the the pasta mountains that an Italian mamma would fatten her family up on. Instead the dishes are