Enoteca da Luca have just opened their newest restaurant in Old Street with four previous successes around the capital. Their modern Italian food, extensive wine lists and sophisticated interiors make the restaurants a hit and you can now experience this in the heart of East London.
The menu combines Italian classics with modern ideas and twists. All your favourite Italian flavours will be there but perhaps reinvented in an unexpected fashion.
The menu is split into sharing starters, starters, pasta, mains and desserts. In true Italian fashion the sharing starters are served on chunky wooden boards and are typically piled high with cured Italian meats, local cheeses, breads, olives and other antipasti options. We went for some Blu Di Langa Ham which was delicious along with gnocco: deep-fried balls of dough peppered with rosemary – they were surprisingly light and extremely moorish. They went perfectly with the creamy burrata we had: topped with pesto and slow-roasted tomatoes it was absolutely delicious.
We also shared the pork neck starter with coffee-marinated cubes of tender pork dressed with a handful of rocket and finished off with aged balsamic and egg yolk.
The pasta menu looked extremely tempting and whilst avoiding the tired classics they still managed to present us with some delicious Italian flavours: porcini mushrooms, Spring vegetables, basil, cured pork. I went for a tagliatelle dish which was bathed in a rich tomato sauce filled with mushrooms, basil and burrata. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the flavours went wonderfully together. Pasta for me is one of life’s true pleasures and an establishment which gets it right has won my heart forever. A simple pasta dish can be surprisingly easy to get wrong and only a truly authentic Italian eatery can master this perfectly. Enoteca da Luca presented me with a beautiful bowl of tagliatelle which I’d be happy to eat time and time again!
Choosing dessert was tough as they had some unusual options including a Tiramisu with a twist and a coconut pannacotta. I went for something that I might not usually pick but that looked extremely tempting; a white chocolate sphere with passionfruit, mango, lime and rosemary sorbet. It was a very clever sweet, with a perfectly smooth white chocolate dome encasing a cool passionfruit cream, with a refreshing lime and rosemary sorbet. The herbs in the sorbet cut through the sweetness of the dish, which otherwise felt like an exotic romp in the Caribbean. It was deliciously fruity and a great palate cleanser at the end of the meal.
We enjoyed all this with a Sicilian red wine and in the setting of their elegant restaurant. This modern micro-chain has taken Italian food and presented it in an unusual way without taking away from the classic Italian flavours that we know and love. There is an al fresco dining area out the front, which will be a perfect spot to enjoy some good wine, antipasti and pasta on one of the upcoming warm summer evenings. Enoteca Da Luca have discovered a winning formula and have perfected it across all five of their restaurants which you can now enjoy in the buzzing area of Old Street.
207C OLD STREET