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Italian Restaurant Week: Luce e Limoni @ Gray’s Inn Road

Luce e Limoni(イタリア語で「光とレモン」の意)は、クラーケンウェルのSt Cross Streetにあるレストラン・Fabrizioのオーナーでシチリア出身のFabrizio Zafarana氏の新しいシチリア料理のお店。偶然通りがかって、素敵なお店なのでトライしてみた。


Luce e Limoni (“light and lemons” in Italian) is an Italian restaurant specialising traditional Sicilian cuisine, and another venue by Fabrizio Zafarana from Sicily, the owner of Fabrizio restaurant on St Cross Street in Clerkenwell. We just found this place by chance, and tried this good looking place.

The restaurant is elegantly decorated with a Sicilian ambient with drawings of lemons on the walls. Equally their dishes looked great when served. However, a disappointment struck us after we started eating – the food was bland and didn’t have much flavours. The sauce didn’t taste freshly made but came from a jar. I had the similar dishes in Sicily and were far better. It is not fair to compare the cuisine in Sicily and Sicilian cuisine in London, as the ingredients cannot be the same here and there. But still, I think they can do a bit better. Probably we won’t come back…

シチリアの伝統料理、ソラマメとイカのスープ £6.95

Macco di fave con calamaretti saltati £6.95 (traditional Sicilian dried broad beans soup with spicy squid)


Bucatini alle sarde con pomodori secchi, capperi, sultana e mollica tostata £10.50 (Bucatini with sardines, sun dried tomato, capers, sultanas and toasted breadcrumbs) and Rigatoni con melanzane, pomodoro, basilico e ricotta salata £9.95 (Rigatoni with aubergine, tomato, basil and salty ricotta cheese)

Al Volo Italian Restaurant @ The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

ブリックレーンOld Truman Breweryにあるカジュアル・イタリアン、Al Volo(アル・ヴォロ)。NUDE ESPRESSO CAFEROSA’Sと同じ通り、Hanbury Street沿いから入ったところにある駐車場にある。明るく暖かみのあるインテリアは、センス良くモダンにまとめられており、居心地もいい。ランチタイムとディナータイムの間もキッチンをクローズしないので、遅いランチや小腹が空いた時にも便利。スタッフの多くはイタリア人で、あまり忙しくない時間だったからか、テーブルで楽しくお喋りしていた。

Al Voloでは、antipasti(前菜)、Bruschette(ブルスケッタ)、Zuppa(スープ)Piadine(ピアディーナ), Pasta(手作りのフレッシュパスタとDe Cecco乾燥パスタのチョイス)、Secondi(メイン)、Insalata(サラダ)、 Contorni(サイドディッシュ)、Pizze(ピザ)、Dolci(デザート)と、軽食からちゃんとした食事まで、幅広いメニューの中から選べる。秋のシーズンメニューの中から私たちが今日オーダーしたのは、Penne all’arrabbiata(ペンネ・アラビアータ)とTagliatelle al pesto siciliano piccante(プラムトマト、薫製リコッタチーズ、松の実、アーモンド、にんにく、唐辛子、生バジルを使った、スパイシーなシチリア風ペストタリアテッレ)。クリーミーなタリアテッレのソースは、不味くはないけれど、何とも言えない不思議な味。でも手作りの生タリアテッレは悪くない。アラビアータはパスタの正統派、完熟トマトの自然な甘みが美味しい一品だ。食後のエスプレッソとカプチーノは、イタリア人の店だけあって、上出来だった。

毎日オープンしているが、Sunday UpMarketとThe Backyard Marketが開かれる日曜日は大変混むので、ゆっくり食事したければ、マケーット開催中は避けるのがベター。

Al Volo is a casual Italian restaurant in the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, and it is facing the parking space on Hanbury Street, the same street of NUDE ESPRESSO CAFE and ROSA’S. This airy and cheerful restaurant is decorated modern and in good taste. They don’t close kitchen in between lunch time and dinner time, and it is good place to go for late lunch or snacks. Most of the staffs are Italians, and they enjoyed chatting as it was not a busy time when we went.

Their wide range of menu offers anything you want from Italian restaurant from nibbles to mains – antipasti (appetiszers), Bruschette, Zuppa (soup), Piadine (thin bread sandwich), Pasta (handmade fresh pastas and De Cecco dry pastas), Secondi (mains), Insalata (salads), Contorni (side dishes), Pizze (Pizza) and Dolci (sweets). From their Autumn menu, today we ordered Penne all’arrabbiata and Tagliatelle al pesto Siciliano piccante (spicy pest0 of plum tomatoes, smoked ricotta cheese, pine kernels, almonds, garlic, chilli pepper and fresh basil) – photo. Creamy Sicilian style pesto sauce was not terrible but I don’t know what to think – it is unfamiliar taste for me. However, handmade tagliatelle was not bad. Penne with nice and sweet sauce made of ripen tomatoes was pretty good – we loved it. Their espresso and cappuccino after the meal were very good – we can count on an Italian-operated place!

Al Volo opens everyday but can be very busy when Sunday UpMarket and The Backyard Market are held on Sundays, so better avoid Sunday during the markets, if you want to relax without hassle.

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