To start the day you might struggle to decide between croissants loaded with poached eggs and oozing Hollandaise sauce, creamy mushrooms on toast and prettily plated flapjacks. Nonna’s eggs – a heavenly parmesan scramble on a fresh croissant with cherry tomatoes and bacon – is a scrumptious signature dish.
Come lunch, the pizzas – baked in the wood-fired oven and inspired by owner Giulio Loreggian’s mother, who hails from Naples – are a sure bet. The ingredients are simple and high-quality. Try the one with Parma ham, fior di latte mozzarella, rocket and parmesan shavings, or a simple but gloriously chewy mozzarella with fresh basil leaves. Also try the golden calzone stuffed with ham, olives, artichokes, mushrooms and loads of cheese. There are also gluten-free and banting bases – the cauliflower version is actually tasty.
Else try the comforting and simple home-cooked pastas, delicious meatballs when available, generously portioned wraps, or a good Caprese salad. The Giulio burger, which comes with parmesan truffle fries, is also to die for.
From the cake counter, the pecan-nut cheesecake gets rave reviews. The muffins are also cake-like and delicious, especially when packed with seasonal fruit.
Coffee is well-made Deluxe, and there is a variety of interesting hot drinks like chai lattes and hot chocolates. (You can get them made with almond milk.) Also on offer: pretty fresh juices and superfood lattes, including a thoroughly pink beetroot latte. There’s also prosecco and pink gin if it’s that sort of a brunch. Not imbibing? Order the ever-popular The Duchess alcohol-free G&T.
Light and bright, this thoroughly Instagrammable interior features marble-topped tables, tan leather stools and golden wreaths of olives and chandeliers dangling from the ceiling. Aside from workday meetings, it would make a wonderful spot for a baby shower, or any occasion that requires a handsome backdrop.
Giulio is very hands-on, and it shows in considerate, smooth-running service.
Their hours have extended so make sure to pop in for brunch on Saturdays too.
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