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Franco Manca pizza review

My Love – Hate Relationship With Franco Manca

My feelings about Franco Manca can been summed up in one sentence; ‘great pizza, terrible set up.’ I was introduced to the pizza chain late 2014 by an Italian friend who said ‘it was the best pizza in London.’ So naturally I had to check it out. My first visit to Franco Manca, Brixton was a shock. The queue and …

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Risotto with fennel and walnuts roasted squid at Hotel Xenia London

Evoluzione Restaurant, Hotel Xenia

Last month, I was part of the selected few invited by London hotel Xenia to preview the city hotel after a £100 million refurbishment. And to sample the dishes from the hotel’s Evoluzione Restaurant headed by Michelin Star awarded Italian chef Andrea Angeletti. As far as city hotels go, Xenia is perfectly located near the busy green park area in …

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PIZZA ROSA IS HERE!

The public has spoken and it backed it up with support through crowd funding making Italian gourmet-quality pizza al taglio, Pizza Rossa a reality. PIZZA ROSSA opens its doors today! Located at 4-12 Whittington Avenue, corner of Leadenhall St at Leadenhall Market, Pizza Rossa’s first London pop up will be catering to busy City workers with no time for a …

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Sharing plates at Spaghetti House

Spaghetti House has introduced a new menu! It’ll be based on a new featured local produce each month to create three specials throughout that month. So naturally, I was back at the original spaghetti House which started the entire chain in 1955 with other food writers to sample a menu based on May’s featured produce – the asparagus. June’s will …

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Review: La polenteria

Polenta, God’s gift to the gluten free brigade and Italy’s secret staple finally has its own restaurant in London. Well, Polenta isn’t such a secret only that the rest of the world are more aware of pizza and pasta when it comes to Italian cuisine than they are of polenta. Anyway, the corn flower power house was tipped as one …

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Review: Ergon, London

I was recently at Greek restaurant Ergon to sample their new deli menu. Ergon is fairly new, it’s been around for about five months so a baby in restaurant years but its success is not a surprise. Fuelled by delicious authentic Greek food and an ambitious owner, Ergon is going places. Mostly Europe and then America in early 2015. I …

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Review: Bourne and Hollingsworth

Welcome to cocktail mecca, that’s how my colleague described Bourne & Hollingsworth so naturally I was eager to experience it for myself. Modelled on the idea of prohibition, the bar is literally underground – it’s in the basement of an old supermarket in Fitzrovia and the cocktails are served in teacups and jars to disguise it as it was done …

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Review: Spaghetti House, Knightsbridge

On a night I decided to go on a little health kick to shed a few pounds, going to Spaghetti House was probably not a wise decision but the visit had been planned weeks ahead and their menu, much like our delightful waiter, Francesco, was too hard to resist. Delicious food doused in olive oil, friendly staff not to mention …

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Review: Yamal Alsham, Knightsbridge

With belly dancers and an exotic menu that takes you on a trip round the Middle East, Yamal Alsham, Knightsbridge opened with a lot of fan fare in December so I had high expectations when I visited earlier this year with a colleague. Located at Knightsbridge, the restaurant holds its own in the swanky neighbourhood. The rich interior of gold …

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Review: Spianata, Mayfair

I was at Spianata, five weeks ago and thinking back, two things come to mind, controlled sandwiches and exceptionally delicious paninis. The second point is self-explanatory- Paninis from Spianata are very tasty which I guess shouldn’t be a surprise considering the company’s Italian roots. Originating from Rome where every meal is an event, this sandwich shop uses only fresh ingredients …

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