Fumo and its Venetian style tapas

On a beautiful August day in London, I found myself with the great privilege of a guilt-free day off work and the opportunity to spend the day as a tourist in my own city. After a morning of walking through Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and what felt like all of Central London really, I worked up…

Simple pleasures bring authentic joy at Saporita

Having left Italy for London nearly sixteen years ago, my time in London has partly been spent on a quest to find my favourite foods from when I lived there. And, over time, I had learned to say that London is special because it’s a cosmopolitan city that brings so many cultures and cuisines together…

Taverna Trastevere’s authenticity transports you to Rome…

While it’s unusual – and some people don’t think it’s possible – I am actually very good friends with my ex fiance’. In what feels like a lifetime ago we spent nearly a decade together, having met back when I lived in the picturesque neighbourhood of Trastevere, in Rome. Known for some of the best…

Brunch at the Wet Fish Cafe

I’ve not shared this with many people just yet, but in March I started taking violin lessons. I’m keeping it under wraps because I’m not sure how naturally I’m going to take to it, and a part of me fears failure, I guess. But, I am lucky in that of the UK’s best violinists has…

Millie’s Lounge: glamour among the suits

Having wanted to try Millie’s Lounge for some time now (friends have gone and all have come back with positive experiences), I seized the opportunity when a friend of mine asked me to stick around the Bank area in case her date goes sour. Millie’s Lounge is one of several restaurants at The Ned, all…

Due Veneti for modern Venetian dining

It’s always fun to return to a restaurant you haven’t been to in a while to see what, if anything, has changed. Due Veneti (Two Venetians, translated into English) used to be a regular spot for me about a decade ago, when I would come multiple times a month with my Venetian friends and then-boyfriend…

Delightful surprises at Texture

It feels like I’ve been playing it a little too mainstream with my food choices lately; I’ve been craving something refreshing and original to shake things up from the Italian, French and British cuisine I’ve been predominantly experiencing. After running a few errands in Central London, I happened to walk right into Texture. At this…

Gloria…revisited

In an effort to give a newly opened restaurant a fair and accurate assessment, I decided to give Ristorante Gloria one more try. After all, at lunch it wasn’t likely to be as dark, given the abundance of windows, and I was very curious to try that Carbonara which seemed promising! So, off I went…

Newly opened Ristorante Gloria finding its feet…

Let me start by saying that I absolutely wanted to love Ristorante Gloria. I had long been awaiting their opening on the 22nd of February: I walk by the premises on a daily basis and realised they were opening there in January. I practically kept a countdown. So I was over the moon when I…

Coffee haven in Holborn

In the 15 years since I moved to London, the city has really upped its game when it comes to coffee. I consider myself fortunate to be able to find a genuine Italian caffe’, and that there are so many wonderful artisanal coffee shops that offer a relieving alternative to the coffee conglomerates of the…