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REVIEW: Venerdi Restuarant, Hackney

by Dan Bryans

As a keen foodie, I was delighted to be invited to dine at Venerdi last weekend.

This east London restaurant was the perfect spot for a Friday night dinner. Its industrial chic interior includes walls made of glass paneled doors, thrown open to let in the breeze on a gloriously warm evening. Under the golden glow of old fashioned Edison lightbulbs, we sampled wood oven pizza and fresh pasta to our hearts content. We enjoyed both classic dishes and unique twists of Italian cuisine.

The Bufalina pizza was like the sophisticated socialite cousin of the favorite marghertia with lots of fresh basil and an ideal buffalo mozzarella to fresh tomato sauce ratio. Given that I had made the tactical error of wearing a white skirt to an Italian restaurant, I leaped at the chance to try a white pizza.

The Tartufo’s mozzarella base with truffle oil and porcini mushrooms was nothing short of sublime. The sounds that came out of my mouth were not entirely fit for polite company, but I had no shame because all my senses were singing truffle truffle truffle.

THE VERDICT

East Londoners, if you’re on the hunt for authentic Italian and a great atmosphere, look no further

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