Italian cuisine is well represented in London, from global chains to authentic cafés (like Josh’s Italia Uno recommendation). My favourite, though, is Rotorino.
You won’t find unconquerable bowls of pasta or pizzas the size of car tyres here. Rotorino serves the tastiest Southern Italian tapas dishes from a menu that is easily digestible over three courses. The decor and ambiance blend East London nuances with Italian style, and you can romance your dining partner through the simple menu. My favourite starters are pig’s head terrine or mixed fried fish covered in lemon juice; a selection of small or large mains can then be ordered to follow. All the pasta dishes are wonderful, particularly the sausage casarecce, and I highly recommend the white pork chop – a slab of meat the size of a brick.
Rotorino’s other highlight is its wonderful cocktail list. You won’t go wrong with a Boardwalk (a Negroni served with brandy) or, to be honest, any of their unique concoctions. Oh, do you know what? I’m going tonight.