All posts tagged: italian

Late Lunch: POLPO Duke of York Square

Polpo is a lovely place in London. I have long been a fan of the Covent Garden outpost (delicious meatballs), and have even been known to frequent the Smithfield spot. Recently the restaurant has been rolling out new spots as quick as it takes for me to enjoy a gin and tonic on a summer evening- and I wasn’t convinced that was a good thing. The two newest outposts- Cambridge Circus and Duke of York Square- seemed too big and too flashy  to make for great restaurants. What I love about Polpo, originally, is that the food is great and simple- without losing the Venetian flavours it purports to represent. The small menus are appealing and diverse too- and it’s reasonably priced for what it is. I was worried that the new openings might not be able to carry this simple formula well, and buckle under the pressure to turn outrageous profits and cover the expensive rents. So I was sceptical when the Pal and I turned up without a reservation to the Duke of …

5-minute pasta

I am often in a hurry and very hungry. I have come to accept it as a fact of life that my body demands to be treated like it was when it was a newborn- it must be fed immediately at the slightest twinge of hunger pangs. Over the years I have therefore accumulated quite the arsenal of healthy and quick dinner recipes in order to keep the hunger monster at bay and stop myself from devouring all the contents of the ice-cream drawer in my freezer. This one is inspired by something I watched the folks over at Lardo cooking. Whenever I go there I like to sit on the bar, overlooking the kitchen. It’s just brilliant to watch them cook, and i always get loads of ideas for my own little cooks. For this delicious quick and healthy pasta you will need: – four handfuls of chopped cavolo nero or spring greens -two red chillies thinly sliced -about 100g of lean bacon (or pancetta for extra flavour and fat) -Gigli pasta for two -Olive oil …