Strolling down a sleepy road in Notting Hill on a warm, windy afternoon is how we often like to spend a Saturday. And when it ends with delicious Italian fare we’re really in our element.
We visited The Italian Job’s latest addition to the famiglia last weekend. As we approached the distressed looking pub opposite Tavistock Gardens, our New Jersey mafia accents were in full swing having over-dosed on The Sopranos box set prior to visit.
As we enter, the bright blue abstract tiled bar is the first thing to catch our attention. A consistent theme throughout, we wonder what the blue represents…
We mull over a (blue) menu and decide on an array of plates. Some recommended by our waitress, and some that stood out on their own.
To start, the chef brings over an appetizer; Parmesan Sourdough served with warm Burrata and Prosciutto. Delicious is an understatement, the bread is soft and full of rich, matured character.
These are washed down by a couple of beers, half pints albeit. We opt for the Tipo Pils and the Terminal Pale Ale – both coming from the outskirts of Milan and slither down the gullet with grace.
The Fried Filo Pastry Prawns are a hit, served with Paprika Mayo that packs a zingy punch.
The Arancini of the day – Carbonara – oozes a bold yellow yolk as we cut in to it. The tasty morsels transport it’s keeper to Sicily where deep fried risotto balls are a staple on the islands street food scene.
Not so Italian but excruciatingly delicious – the Hop & Pork Burger. Served with an Ale Reduction, the juicy patty came sandwiched between caramelised onion and crisp bacon in a toasted bun and melted cheddar oozed from every angle.
As the afternoon drinkers began to flock in for an authentic Italian ale or three, we continued our feast with a vibrant Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Tortelloni served with broad beans (look at our insta snaps and be amazed!).
After a recent visit to Sardinia, my friend had been harping on about a traditional dessert over there, Sebadas. Much to her delight, we found ourselves ordering the cheese filled pastry that afternoon to round off the feasting. Doused in sour honey and sprinkled with cranberries, it’s a surprisingly tasty combination.
Although we didn’t have time ourselves, you can head upstairs to the hidden cocktail bar Salotto ‘900 for a pre or post dinner aperitif. The bar is headed up by Luca Corradini. We’ll definitely be paying a visit next time.
The Italian Job
45 All Saints Road