Trullo // Islington // London

From the outset, Trullo has received a lot of praise. But what has made it so busy and successful with would be couples?

Inside, the decor is sober and classy, which is perfect for either a family dinner or a romantic rendezvous. With its fresh handmade pasta and charcoal grill, Trullo is a mix of gastro pub and an authentic Italian trattoria. The menu changes daily, so you’ll never need to worry about eating the same food twice. Staff are friendly and very happy to explain the ins and outs of the menu.

For your aperitivo, there is an extensive menu, while the food menu is much shorter; Trullo’s chefs focus on quality over quantity.

Starter wise, burrata is on the menu, which can be difficult to find in London. It comes with marinated baby artichokes and a seasonal fruity salad of clementine, pomegranate and puntarelle, which makes for a very nice Mediterranean entrée. For primi, pappardelle with beef shin ragu is delicious. The ragu is slow cooked and full of flavour, but it is quite heavy and a little bit greasy. For mains, line-caught sea bass with Swiss chard, chilli and pangrattato is simple and well done. The fish is steamed and works well with chilli while the slow-cooked vegetables add a nice taste to the dish. The Swaledale lamb shoulder with baked borlotti beans and salsa verde is another homely dish, which is served with the cooking juices. No dessert is needed after such a heavy dinner, as you might imagine.

Slow cooking is definitely Trullo’s signature, and they do it well. So that praise they have been getting is all well deserved.

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