Posts Tagged “Italian”

Classic Food of Northern Italy

Classic Food of Northern Italy

Anna Del Conte is, or so says The Times, ‘The queen of Italian cuisine’ and she is certainly an iconic writer. The original edition (1996) of ‘Classic Food of Northern Italy’ won both The Guild of Food Writers Book Award and the Orio Vergani prize of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina. This is an updated…

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Afternoon Tea at Savini at Criterion

Afternoon Tea at Savini at Criterion

The a la carte menu is distinctly Italian Both afternoon tea and The Criterion are icons. The first is quintessentially British and the second a long-standing London destination for fine food, and one which has been frequented by the great and the good for around a century and a half. Thomas Verity, a British architect,…

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Risotto! Risotto!

Risotto! Risotto!

The paper representation of a life in risotto Many a cookbook reviewer will start their article with statements of impartiality, even-handedness and cool, professional aloofness. Not me. On this occasion, at least. I am pinning my culinary colours to Valentina Harris’s gastronomic mast with a degree of unashamed pride. This lady has been a supporter…

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The Garden House Restaurant

The Garden House Restaurant

This truly is a ‘garden’ house with the intimate character of a cosy cottage. (Read more about the Garden House here.) It’s part of the Beaverbrook Estate and the smaller of two hotels, the other being the lavish and imposing main house which was once the home of Lord Beaverbrook, one of the most influential…

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Savini of Milan – at home in London

Savini of Milan – at home in London

This Grade II-listed building is in the heart of London’s Theatreland Discerning diners in Milan and the great and the good from the rest of the world will know of Savini. It will likely have been the venue for their international business meetings, smart lunches, family celebrations and perhaps a marriage proposal or two. It…

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Salsa Verde from Olive Tree Southampton

Salsa Verde from Olive Tree Southampton

This is a small independent restaurant with a remarkable Head Chef, Todd Higgs. He has daily specials using ‘fresh off the boat’ seafood. See the review here. And here is their recipe for Salsa Verde! Salsa Verde is a labour of love: all the herbs must be chopped by hand to achieve the best texture….

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Donna Margherita

Donna Margherita

This classic Italian restaurant is on Lavender Hill. The street’s name comes from the lavender that was once grown in market gardens around here. After the opening of Clapham Junction station just up the road in 1863 the surrounding area was built up with terraces of cheap housing for the workers who moved there from…

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Olive Tree Southampton

Olive Tree Southampton

This was my first visit to Southampton but finding good food wasn’t going to be a challenge: I had a recommendation!  A French/Seafood restaurant called Olive Tree. But I knew nothing of Southampton. Southampton became a popular spa town in 1740 after the discovery of a spring of chalybeate (mineral-rich) water. It became a popular…

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Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho

Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho

Mele e Pere opened in the heart of Soho in February 2012, but that neighbourhood dates back centuries. In the Middle Ages, what is now Soho was known as St Giles Field, land belonging to the Convent of Abingdon, with its leper hospital. In 1536, the land was taken by Henry VIII as a royal…

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Stuzzico in London’s village

Stuzzico in London’s village

Talk about London and it’s likely a conversation about financial hubs (yes, even now after Brexit), the bustle of Oxford Street, the draw of Theatreland and the Tower of London will ensue. But London is actually made up of villages which remain far more charming and welcoming than the thronging thoroughfares more familiar to tourists…

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Forty Dean Street

Forty Dean Street

The heart of Soho Dean Street is in the heart of Soho, central London. It runs from Oxford Street south to Shaftesbury Avenue and has a long and colourful history, as has much of this neighbourhood.  In 1764 the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart gave a recital at number 21. Admiral Nelson lodged here the day…

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Mele e Pere review

Mele e Pere review

Mele e Pere is a little cracker of a restaurant and I am almost reluctant to publicise it any further for fear that the prices will go up and the chances of me getting a table will go down! This is an authentic northern Italian, casual dining restaurant smack in the middle of the very…

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One Canada Square for Saturday Brunch

One Canada Square for Saturday Brunch

Let’s be honest: most of us love the adrenalin-inducing frantic pace of London life. We are perhaps lucky if we can grab a plastic sandwich for lunch, and dinner can often be something of a rush or a take-away. But there is always the weekend. Brunch can be a special time. A quiet time partnered…

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One Canada Square Restaurant

One Canada Square Restaurant

Summer in London is a fleeting affair but we make the best of it. We seek sun traps, an impressive view, and even a vantage point from which to watch our boys being knocked out of Wimbledon or, less frequently, the World Cup. We also need feeding and we want to do that in style….

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The Food and Cooking of Venice and the North-East of Italy

The Food and Cooking of Venice and the North-East of Italy

Valentina Harris has long been the UK’s Italian culinary authority of choice. She has oft graced our TV screens in her own popular series as well as guesting on many food programmes. You might have had a glimpse of her working with the Supersizers, Sue Perkins and Giles Coran. That particular episode concerned the food…

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Primo Italian Restaurant

Primo Italian Restaurant

It’s a new Italian restaurant but even though the gloss has not yet worn from the green upholstery I have the sense that Primo has a bright future. This is an airy and contemporary restaurant that seats around 70 in the main area. Yes, OK, so that’s larger than your regular side-street pasta and pizza…

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House of Roxy – Putney

House of Roxy – Putney

Putney has been a bit of a culinary wasteland, with a couple of exceptions – Ma Goa for Indian, for instance. But now it has a restaurant and speakeasy for late-night revellers, as well as those looking for lunch outside the office or for a break from shopping. Now I had reservations about making a…

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Raffles Hotel – Raffles Courtyard for a taste of Italy

Raffles Hotel – Raffles Courtyard for a taste of Italy

Tell anyone that you have just returned from Singapore and the question on their lips is bound to be ‘Did you visit Raffles?’ They don’t have to dignify that name with any appendage: everyone knows that there is only one Raffles and that’s the hotel. One walks down Beach Road and there is only one…

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Let’s Cook Italian

Let’s Cook Italian

We want comforting food. It’s cold and wintery and the economic climate isn’t that hot either. It’s time to get back to those old-fashioned values. Gennaro Contaldo introduces us to his Italian family favourites as they do travel rather well, and they are delicious. Gennaro often graces our TV screens, sometimes in the company of…

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Valentina Harris

Valentina Harris

One would think that Valentina Harris is the quintessential English lady, well-spoken with Home Counties proper accent; but there is something else. Turn the sound off and one sees the unmistakable animation of a Latin. In fact Valentina is only on nodding terms with Englishness. “Let me explain about the English voice,” says Valentina with…

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