Inspired by local markets in Italy, Mille Nonne (which literally translates to 1,000 grandmothers) pays homage to tradition while taking a modern and sustainable approach. That means food is freshly cooked in small batches and ingredients are used to their full extent. For example, leftover bread becomes croutons, which can be ground down to make Palermitana chicken. Or the basil bought for seasoning dishes can also be integrated into making basil lemonade – that sort of thing.
Of course, all of these fresh ideas accumulate into delicious signature dishes that are simple and healthy, for both you and the planet. There's signature lasagna made with homemade turkey bolognese and a lactose-free bechamel, alongside a vegetarian option. You should also try the turkey, spinach, and quinoa meatballs, which can be served in a sub or with a side of arugula. And you've got to make sure to nab a jar of their sauces when heading off. Located in Essex Market, it's not a sit-down sort of joint, but you can find a seat on the mezzanine or order as a takeout.