Review: Enotecca Rabezzana
PUBLISHED: 12:07 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:24 26 April 2019
Italian restaurant and Smithfield Market hotspot Enoteca Rabezzana introduced a new-and-improved menu a couple of months back. Here's what we made of it.
On my walk towards Enoteca Rabezzana yesterday, I passed nearby pubs so packed that there was standing room only on the pavements outside.
This was, after all, a Thursday post work in central London, and the sunshine from the previous Easter weekend had made a welcome return. But it did feel bustling and cramped.
Inside Rabezzana, however, the atmosphere was much different. It felt calmer and easy. It seemed like a fantastic spot to enjoy some authentic Italian cooking, and so it proved.
The restaurant prides itself on their knowledge and passion for Italian food, as well as a wine collection of more than 120 bottles sourced from smaller producers dotted around the Italian regions.
We started with the Mix Bruschetta Classica e Ndjua, which balanced fresh tomatoes with spicy Nduja sausage and a dollop of burrata on a bruschetta base.
Luca – our friendly sommelier and native of Sardinia – recommended a delicious Vermentino white to go with it, and we found him always willing to suggest a perfect wine to match your selected plate, if you'd like some guidance.
Enoteca Rabezzana introduced a new-and-improved menu just a couple of months ago. It comes courtesy of head chef Federico Casali – who worked previously in Rome's three-Michelin starred restaurant, La Pergola – and offers signature smaller plates as well as Italian classics.
I opted for the Rigatoni alla Carbonara, which was a comforting, hearty plate of fresh pasta in a rich and creamy sauce. My guest's Tagliolino al Granchio e Datterino was also a winner; a flavourful dish which combined traditional Italian style with crab sourced from Devon.
To finish, puddings are on the smaller side but big flavours come from these littler packages – my favourite was the Spicy Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse and Meringue.
And the ambience? That's really lovely, too. There were couples loosening up with a few glasses of wine after a day at the office, friends laughing and catching up over some small plates and, next to us, a dad and his son enjoying an evening with a plate of risotto.
Enoteca Rabezzana, 62-63 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ. For more information, click here.