Writer Giverny Masso visits Piazza Italiana in City for an evening of carb-fuelled pizazz
As I enter the ornate grade II-listed former Linen Bank building in London’s financial district, I know I’ll be rounding off the festive season in style. The grand space, with its elaborately decorated high ceilings and elegant granite tables, is now home to luxury restaurant Piazza Italiana – and I’m here to sample Sicilian-born chef Remo Mazzucato’s menu.
The Food and Drink
The atmosphere initially feels a little rigid and formal, but I swiftly relax into the evening after being served a Piazza Italiana 75 cocktail (£15). The concoction of St Germain liqueur, Prosecco and invigorating cucumber and mint syrup lives up to its description of being the “perfect aperitif spritz”.
As my guest and I peruse the menu, we are served a creatively presented selection of bread with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and delicious dips – which is a promising beginning to the evening.
To start, we both opt for the insalata con pomodori e burrata (£17). The dish provides the perfect contrast of textures – with the velvety burrata and crunchy red onions – and flavours, contrasting the salty cheese with a sweet balsamic sauce. This is a dish I’ve opted for many times before, but this iteration of it particularly stood out as a favourite due to the quality of the ingredients and attention to detail.
When it comes to the mains, I opt for the spaghetti pomodoro (£17) and my guest chooses the taglioni al tartufo (£23). It’s worth mentioning that the restaurant’s signature dish is another version of the taglioni al tartufo costing £27, which includes tagliolini pasta hand spun in a pecorino wheel at the table.
The mains are simple, classic Italian staples, done really well. It does occur to me that you could get the same quality of dish for a fraction of the price elsewhere, but what you are really paying for here is the impeccable service and extravagant setting.
I am particularly enamoured with the dessert, opting for the tiramisu classico con gelato al caffè. This is yet again a classic dish presented in its traditional form to perfection.
The Wordrobe Verdict
With its hefty price tag and elaborate setting, this is not your every day restaurant, but is more suited for a special occasion or celebration. If you love Italian food and appreciate simple, classic recipes cooked to the finest quality, then I would recommend a visit.
Make it happen
Where: 38 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8AY
How: make a booking at piazzaitaliana.co.uk