I love the kind of venues that really surprise you with the quality of their food. This was one of those places.
At a first glance, it's a takeaway shop. Big space at the front with a little kitchen in the back. A couple of seats inside and out. Don't be fooled though. What looks like something quite simple, actually serves up some of the best pasta I've EVER had!
We had a few starters brought to the table which included 'Focaccia', 'Whipped Ricotta Dip with Sardinian Flatbread', 'Marinated Sicilian Olives', 'Buratta with Olive Oil', 'Roasted Pumpkin with Pepitas & Lemon Pangrattato', 'Roasted Eggplant with Goat Cheese' and 'Marinated Mushrooms'. Everything was amazing but I have to mention that the pumpkin and eggplant dish were my favourites. The ricotta dip came in close too. Oh and the burrata. OKAY IT WAS ALL GOOD.. ALL OF IT!
I asked the guys to surprise us with the pasta dishes and I am so glad that their gnocchi was one of them. I was told the 'Pumpkin Stuffed Gnocchi with Sage Butter' was the one I had to try and now, I know why. I can't begin to explain just how incredible this was. It was like a big bowl of buttery mashed potato and pumpkin and it was warm and hearty. This was by far, the best dish of the night. We also ordered the 'Truffle Stuffed Gnocchi with Porcini Butter' which was just as delicious!
'Cacio e Pepe' is an iconic Roman pasta made with just a few ingredients; Pecorino cheese, parmesan and black pepper. It is traditionally served with tonnarelli pasta, which compared to spaghetti is square and thicker. The pasta generally has a rough surface that hangs on nicely to sauces. I though it was beautiful but I promised I would come back when I didn't have to shoot content and eat it hot and fresh!
We also got to try the 'Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, Peperoncino, Cherry Tomato, Olives e Lemon Pangrattato'. I mean, it had garlic, oil, olives and cherry tomato. Of course I was going to love this one too!
They also have a couple of variations of two desserts, Tiramisu and Panna Cotta. We got to try the 'Pistacchio & Chocolate Tiramisu' and the 'Berries & Almond Panna Cotta'. They're served in these cute little jars and it was a beautiful way to end dinner. See less
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