Archived entries for Meat
In Italy, a good bit of advice when it comes to eating out is to avoid the large touristy piazzas, occasionally though this rule doesn’t isn’t applicable and in this particular instance it couldn’t be further from the truth. Trattoria da Leo is a small family run operation just off one of the main piazzas. Serving traditional Lucchesi classics, plus a few Italian favourites, it is a great place to mix with the locals and sample some amazing traditional fare.
Street food is finally starting to make its mark on London and with the growing popularity comes a wider range of food to choose from. The Pit Cue Co is the latest food wagon to gain major applauds and its easy to see why. Specialising in no nonsense American BBQ food, it is a hickory smoked, slow-cooked meat lovers paradise.
Located just a few paces from west London’s bustling Edgware Road, hidden down a characterful side street, Patogh is a tiny little hole-in-the-wall Iranian restaurant selling some of the finest kebabs, grilled meats and authentic meze dishes I’ve ever tasted. Downstairs seating is very limited and bookings are only taken on the day, but turn up without one at your own risk, you could be in for a long wait.
Italian Enoteche, known in English as wine bars, are some of Rome’s most lively places to spend an evening, and out of all the ones I’ve visited, this is the best. Located just around the corner from Piazza Navona, Cul de Sac boasts a wine list in the region of 1500 different wines. The vast selection which covers the walls and fills the cellar is truly phenomenal, and the accompanying food menu is very impressive too.
Specialising in traditional Umbrian food, Taverna La Lanterna is a favourite with tourists and locals alike. Located in the stunning hilltop village of Spoleto, it is more than worth making the journey if you are ever nearby. Serving amazing local food and at very reasonable prices, it is one of the most authentic Italian eating experiences you are likely to come across.
Loud, lively and always busy, the secret to trattoria Mario’s success is no great mystery. The food is fresh and homemade, most of the ingredients are sourced from the central food market only a few metres away, the menu changes daily, the quality is always exceptional, the service is friendly and the prices are unbeatable.
One of the first Turkish Ocakbasi restaurants to open in London’s east end back in 1990, Mangal number 1 has earned itself a cult status in the world of grilled meats. Starting a trend that restaurants all over London have attempted to imitate, there can only be one true original, and lurking in a Stoke Newington side street, just of the busy Kingsland Road; this is it.
Managing to achieve the perfect balance between an unpretentious, local trattoria and a sleek upscale restaurant, for such a modest budget Le Mani in Pasta is as close to the perfect eating venue as you are likely to find in Rome or anywhere for that matter.