The Italian Job
Copious amounts of craft beer served by a charming bunch of Italians. The only swift manoeuvres these guys will be pulling is their downward hand on the beer pumps. You probably shouldn't miss out on their Italian street-food either - hamburgers, charcuterie, you name it. There's a small 'beer garden' out front as well, so you can sip your Italian craft beer on the street.
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Nothing soothes a broken soul like a good bowl of pasta, and Mora's are bang on. While his wife, Silvia, sorts front of house, Carlo's out back flipping a mighty good pan of papardelle. He's from Sardinia and so are most of the dishes, which use traditional ingredients from the island that us Londoners aren't used to seeing on our plates. Look out for 'bottarga' - salted, cured fish roe - which is shaved over risotto or 'seadas' - deep fried ravioli filled with pecorino and topped with orange marmalade and honey. We crunched our way through a good few of them. Start with a little tower of aubergine melanzane and then get stuck into their homemade pasta. Or if you're feeling a little more curious, their weekly changing specials focus on a different region of Italy. That means drinks, pasta, and even deserts will be themed. When we were in it was Trentino's turn - which meant strudel got a look in. Pair with local craft beers or something Italian, natural, and organic from the tidy wine list.
This adorable little Italian delicatessen is a small piece of peace and quiet amongst the hustle and bustle of London Bridge. On offer here are continental breakfasts, melt-in-your-mouth paninis, salads, cured meats and big sharing platters. It's all authentic Italian, including the homemade pasta sauces and those creamy, sexy, come-to-me ice creams, that'll have booking your holiday to Italy in no time at all.
Looking for something a little more exotic than your usual soggy Pret sandwich? Head to Manitoba Tigella, an all-day-everyday eatery, which serves authentic Italian cuisine with an emphasis on tigella - a traditional disc-shaped crispy stuffed bread from Northern Italy. Pack yours to the brim with fresh Italian produce, like stracchino, parmigiano, salami, olives, sundried tomatoes, gnocci or funghetto. Or go for a classic, like fresh spaghetti carbonara with some focaccia and a nice chianti - slurp.
Boxpark - Croydon
From the peeps behind the Shoreditch mainstay of the same name, comes a delightful dalliance south of the river. Don't go looking for new threads here though - this one's strictly food and drink. That doesn't mean there's anything less to smack your lips over: traders include carnivores MEATliquor, brunch heroes The Breakfast Club, vegan fave CookDaily, and more. As for the liquid stuff: Croydon heavies Brgr&Beer have opened their second venture Wine&Deli at Boxpark, and Cronx Brewery comes from the folk behind Yumn Brasserie. There will also be regular weekly events - think DJs, acoustic afternoons, workshops and all that fun stuff.