The Crafty Egg

Located in the bustling, urban cultural hub of Stokes Croft, The Crafty Egg is a charming and quaint independent café, with a variety of alternative brunch options on offer. Nab a table by the window to enjoy views of street life and art that contribute to the café’s creative buzz. Its large windows and stained glass border make for a scenic façade, and the atmosphere is very warm and friendly. All food made here is homemade and locally sourced, encompassing Bristol’s sustainable and environmentally friendly ethos.

On a Sunday morning, the place is brimming with people – be prepared to queue – but it is certainly worth the wait! Locals wander in after morning classes with yoga mats ready for a sumptuous breakfast.

Food

The full English breakfast option feels much healthier and less greasy than your standard order. The vegetarian option comes with delicious slices of crunchy halloumi and wilted spinach. For those who are really ravenous, the “Crafty challenge” may be right up your street. Choose the meat, veggie or vegan crafty breakfast and whack it on top of a pancake stack with maple syrup and 3 fried eggs.

Their varieties of baked egg-based options on offer are abundant (naturally free range) – from Afghan, Moroccan, to cheesy eggs. If you have a specific craving, you can add on anything from chorizo to avocado for a couple of extra pounds. More traditional options are also available, with a selection of bagels with salmon/avocado on the menu, or your standard avo-toast. A particular favourite of mine is the “salmon and avocado potato stack”, which comes with cream cheese, rocket, and a poached egg for a reasonable £7.50. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the pancakes or eggy bread with maple. Optional add-ons include bacon, sausage, eggs, mixed berries or nutella.

However, brunch is not the only thing on the menu – in the evenings, this haunt is very popular for its cheese fondue menu for two – perfect for an evening’s activity.

Drinks

Its hot drinks menu is extensive – you can order anything from a beetroot latte to a Massala chai. They also offer a range of homemade smoothies and other soft drinks. The homemade mint & ginger lemonade is a particularly good option for those looking to quench their thirst. They also have a range of alcoholic drinks, such as their signature “The Crafty bloody Mary”, and a range of beers, lager and ciders.

What’s to lose?

This is just one of the many cafés that the creative area of Stokes Croft has to offer, the destination to be in for its tasty, alternative eateries with friendly service.


www.thecraftyegg.co.uk

113 Stokes Croft
Bristol
BS1 3RW


Photos by: The Crafty Egg (Photo rights obtained)


Meet Ben Perers Cook on Berwick Street Market

Over a year ago, the traders of Soho’s Berwick Street Market launched a campaign to “keep Berwick Street Market independent” after hearing that Westminster City Council had decided to privatise the market with barely any consultation.

The market, with its traditional fruit & veg stalls as well as hot and cold street food, flowers, fabrics and fashions, has been independent for over 300 years.

As has been the case in other well-established London markets, traders started to see their licenses being terminated without warning and the horizon was looking bleak and expensive.

But this is no sob story!

Over time, the petition not only gained traction but the attention that came with it saw the ‘decades of neglect and mismanagement’ being remedied with the introduction of fresh talent on the market. Promising new traders are making waves and bringing a much-needed boost to this beautiful and historic street.

To celebrate this indy success story, we spoke with one of the market’s newest traders, a wing slinger serving spicy soul food to all of Soho: Lord of the Wings Ben Perers Cook!

What do you love about market life?

I love popping down to different markets and chatting to traders. One thing that is unique to the street food industry is that, pretty much universally, everyone is passionate about what they are serving. Take a look at any market and you’ll find a bunch of traders that would happily talk about their food for hours. Being surrounded by this enthusiasm is such an amazing experience, and drives you onward. Big shout outs to Nick & Mike at Orange Buffalo who helped pave the way and also Lani at Daja Chicken who has been super helpful!

What’s special about Berwick Street Market?

Berwick Street Market is one of London’s oldest street markets, it’s slap bang in the centre of Soho, — London’s bohemian heart, and is occupied by a host of independent traders. It’s great how, thanks to the founding of the Berwick St Market traders association, chaired by Robin Smith of Soho Dairy, the market fought off the privatisation scheme with help of a petition signed by over 10,000 people. The independence of markets is of obvious importance to people and it should undoubtedly be listed as an asset of community value. Everyday at the market is like one big family barbecue, and everyone’s a part of it, traders & customers. It’s an unparalleled sense of community.

What’s the story behind your venture in particular?

Lord of the Wings started life as the brainchild of my old man, who married an American. Although me and my brother were brought up in London, we grew up on American food. We would visit the family over there and one standout dish was Buffalo Wings – beautiful fried chicken wings covered in a spicy and tangy cayenne pepper sauce. It was my Dad’s idea to maybe one day set up a wing-shack here in London. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the food and with the idea of sharing it. I got a job in a kitchen while I was at university to enhance my culinary skills, me and my Dad have been on a pilgrimage of New York State, trying wings at every dive or sports bar along the way, and spent years perfecting our Buffalo sauce. Luckily since leaving university, street food’s rising popularity gave us a low-cost platform to get straight into it.

What’s the most important part of running a street food stall for you?

When I started in food, the aim was making the best wings ever. That starts with using the best produce. The best produce should taste great but should be farmed in a humane way. My product isn’t the best product if the chickens live in a cage and never see the light of day. I have a platform and have a responsibility to use this platform to promote sustainability. Lord of the Wings should also cause minimal harm to the planet – we only use recycled and recyclable packaging and all the oil we use is recycled or covered into renewable energy; nothing goes to landfill. An important factor of running an ethical business is that it keeps us motivated. We are giving and not just taking and that makes it much more worthwhile to know that we aren’t the only ones benefitting from our business.

What’s important about eating local for you?

Local food is generally fresher, healthier and tastes better. It incurs less spoilage and loses fewer nutrients because it spends less time travelling from farm to plate. It also helps to build better-connected communities. Eating locally allows you to gain more awareness of what you are eating – the traders will have extensive knowledge on what they are serving you, and where it comes from. After months of going to butchers and wholesalers, I approached a farm directly and we’ve now built a fantastic relationship… Since we started on Berwick St, we’ve been getting our garnishes and chillies from the market. Both Jim and Jimma provide top quality fruit and veg and have done for generations.

What do you envision for the future of Lord of the Wings?

We’ve only just started in Soho. This is our first permanent spot and I’m really looking forward to creating a following and being part of the community there. We hope to establish this as where Lord of the Wings ‘lives’, and then we’ll go from there.

Photos by Gabe Owen & Kristen Perers


Instagram: @LOTWings
Twitter: @LOTWings
www.lordofthewings.co.uk


Maus Hábitos

Maus Hábitos: ‘a space of cultural intervention’ very much lives up to its name. It’s a cosy cultural hub that seamlessly transforms from workspace to gallery and from gallery to cocktail bar and nightclub. Who says you can’t have it all?

It’s the type of place that, unless you do your research, you would have to stumble upon completely by chance. Through an unassuming entrance on Rua de Passos Manuel, you take a lift up four floors, passing a large car park on your way, and there you’ll find yourself at the top of one of Porto’s most impressive Art Deco buildings. Its long windows let in the red neon lights from the Coliseu, (the theatre and music venue on the other side of the road), throwing Maus Hábitos’ sleek, main space into another era.

Usually open from noon until 2am (and later on the weekend), Maus Hábitos puts on all kinds of exhibitions, hosts talks and screens films all the while serving fresh and wholesome food and drinks at very reasonable prices. All this can be enjoyed in the simply but stylishly designed main room with parquet flooring and a choice of deep sofas, long benches or monochrome 50s style chairs to perch on. Or, if you prefer, you can go outside into the courtyard to soak up some rays in the bright Moroccan Riad-style garden with its electric blue walls and dreamily hanging plants.

Once the sun sets, the music gets turned up a notch and Maus Hábitos becomes the perfect spot for a casual after work drink. And then, a little while later, tables are rearranged and space is made for whichever band or DJ is on that night. Suddenly, what was once the dining area is now the dance floor. Past the garden, through a glass walled corridor lined with cushioned benches, another room opens making for a spacious and varied venue. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch in a beautiful spot, a little culture, or a big night out, Maus Hábitos is sure to deliver.


R. de Passos Manuel 178, 4º Piso
4000-382 Porto
Portugal

Photos by Daniel Pires


The Epiphany

Opened in August 2017 by Alex Zeal – a finalist in the Bristol heats of the UK Barista Championships – and Bethen Reid – Bristol’s talented baker, creating for the likes of Boston Tea Party –, The Epiphany dedicates itself to world-class coffee and a laid back but innovative café menu.

The café occupies only a small footprint on the ground floor of the gallery, but high ceilings, whitewashed walls and vast windows create a bright, airy space. The bar seating against the windows and the tumbling indoor plants create a casual atmosphere, maximising the natural light, while not overcrowding the space with a jungle of greenery. All is executed with perfect balance.

At lunch you can indulge guiltlessly in a green machine sourdough toastie on Hobbs House bread, stuffed full of pesto, courgette ribbons, spinach, smashed avocado and lime. Or opt for the heartier Goat’s cheese tricolore, packed with roasted red peppers, rocket, and a coriander and lime garlic mayo.

On the sweeter side, a delightfully dense apricot, almond, rose and cardamom cake (gf) caught our eye atop the clean-lined counter, only just tipping temptation away from a blackcurrant and almond friand or a rhubarb chocolate orange cake. Bethen’s creativity ensures that the counter selection changes regularly, often featuring a star ingredient from one of the many local initiatives and suppliers supported by the café.

A well-picked selection of Canton teas supplements the accomplished coffee offerings, while locally-brewed artisan beers and a choice selection of wines round off the menu, upholding the dedication to quality and provenance throughout.


https://www.rwa.org.uk/about-us/your-visit/eating-and-drinking
Queen’s Road
Clifton, Bristol
BS8 1PX
0117 317 9816


Photos by Pippa Cole


Wild & The Moon

Lets talk about nature.

Do you ever just want to fill your body with goodness? Well, I do. And it was with this spirit that I went on a hunt through the magical maze of the Marais, down that trusty Rue Charlot, when I came across the indoor green house and melting pot of Parisian passers-by, the post-yoga crews stocking up on their acai bowls fix, and those that know what’s up when it comes to naturally good food.

Introducing WILD & THE MOON. A self-proclaimed lifestyle movement created by a tribe of food lovers, chefs, nutritionists and naturopaths. Their principal aim is to bring wild, local, seasonal, organic and ethically-sourced ingredients wherever possible to the urban community.

But natural doesn’t mean bland or tasteless. On the contrary, you only have to glance at the contents of their Power Bowl – creamy banana and apple pudding with sprouted almonds, spirinula and linseed oil – to see that as well as being passionate about food that is good for the body, this nature tribe will not compromise when it comes to taste. The creamy, nutty, vanilla surge of their ‘C’est Top’ smoothie has me hooked for life.

Not only is their food good for you, but the planet is smiling too. WILD & THE MOON’s recipes have been designed by raw vegan experts and chefs, using only high quality products seasonally harvested by local farmers. And as if it couldn’t get any better, they are striving for 0% food waste by 2020. So, not only would you be doing yourself a service by stopping by, you’d also be treating the planet too. Happy Sunday!

While there is currently only one location in Paris, watch out New Yorkers and Dubai-based food lovers… branches are heading your way!


HOME

25-27 rue des Gravilliers
75003 Paris
France
+33 1 86 95 40 46


Photos by Marie Williams


Saucer and Cup

The London café scene is full to the brim with excellent, but often unaffordable, plates of avocado toast or the latest take on baked eggs. These are usually served up amid inspirational shabby-chic surroundings, urging you to justify your £9 breakfast with notion that you will somehow find added productivity between these perfectly painted walls, that it would be an irresponsible decision to work from home instead. Saucer and Cup kindly provides a middle ground. High ceilings? Check. White washed walls? Check. The décor evokes everything you would expect from your usual caffeinated sanctuary, but, here’s the trick, you can satiate your morning hunger for less than £5.

Three generous rounds of chilli- and lime-spiked avocado toast come in at £4.50, while a simple honeyed alternative will only set you back £2.50. As with all good neighbourhood cafes, they’re not shy to a bit of comfort food, offering a tempting sausage brioche roll to soak up yesterday’s escapades, or the full free-range egg and bacon on sourdough for £5.50. All breakfast options are made fresh to order, and are joined by a lunchtime salad and a counter-top selection of sandwiches from noon-3pm.

The loose-leaf tea selection is generous, joined of course by skilfully-made coffee (my Italian friend and fellow taster approved) and a selection of cakes supplied from a local bakery. These are a little more inventive than the savoury classics on offer, ranging from an organic spinach cake to a comfortingly dense orange and lavender gluten-free loaf. The majority of their cakes are in fact gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free, and soya and oat milks are on offer in case the Estate Dairy Jersey milk doesn’t appeal.

Simple, stylish and open to all, Saucer and Cup is an ideal pit-stop on a morning in Wimbledon.


www.saucerandcup.com
159 Arthur Road
SW19 8AD
London
020 3774 0390


Photos by Pippa Cole


Mercato Vianova

Via Mazzini, where bar and restaurant Mercato Vianova now stands, was once home to a regular flood of haggling locals, all congregating around the city’s market in a blur of tastes, smells and hurried conversation. Today, it is smart professionals and bright-eyed students who crowd the street, clinking artfully-constructed cocktails and clamouring over inventive platters of fresh sushi. The image may have changed, but the atmosphere of conviviality through food remains the same.

The downstairs bar and sprawling outside seating area forms one of the city’s most popular destinations for Italy’s ubiquitous aperitivo. Most days this takes the usual, albeit well-constructed, form with an array of focaccia, fried bites and, mercifully, a selection of salads. A couple of days a week however, usually Wednesdays and Thursdays, this post-work dining institution takes on a modern twist: aperisushi. A dedicated chef specialising in Japanese cuisine usually constructs the sushi menu of their first-floor restaurant, conjuring up ingenious options like tempura pumpkin flower uramaki and soft-shell crab with flamed salmon. However, on aperisushi evenings, for 10 euros you can select any cocktail (the classic Pimm’s shaken up with fresh fruit and icy ginger ale is a simple but perfectly sharp sushi accompaniment), a plate of freshly prepped ‘chef’s choice’ sushi and unlimited access to the mostly veggie aperitivi platters inside. The atmosphere is relaxed and sociable, the food carefully sourced and deftly executed. Arrive early to grab a cushioned seat outside and indulge in the final rays of the day’s sunshine.

In addition to sushi, the inside à la carte menu offers a wide selection of other dishes, many retaining the light, playful aspects of the aperisushi, as enjoyed in a particularly delicate dish of raw prawns tossed in a bright mango dressing. The extensive wine list proudly displays Italy’s wide oenological heritage, also proposing a carefully picked selection of organic and natural wines.

With a lively atmosphere and ever-changing seasonal menu, Mercato Vianova has retained all the spirit and the obsession for quality as the original market from which it takes its name.


www.mercatovianova.it

Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 15
06121, Perugia
Italy
+39 075 573 0445


Photos by Pippa Cole


Meet Joh from That Thing

Joh Rindom is the one-man-band behind Stokes Croft’s intrepid fashion hub, That Thing. From a stall in St Nicolas market, to today’s bright and airy premises in Bristol’s cultural hub, the journey hasn’t always been easy. We caught up with Joh to find out how she’s built the brand we see today, overcoming a testing law suit to develop a retail space for her own line of That Thing luxury streetwear, while also providing a platform for up to 65 designers.

So how did it all begin?

I came from Denmark to study fine arts at UWE in 1999, but I always had a vague idea of wanting to move into fashion. I went to a school where we didn’t have to wear uniform, so it was a great opportunity to make my own clothes. I started doing commissions for friends when I was about 14 and continued to do so throughout university, all just through word of mouth. I formed my original brand name after my two family cats Butchi and Gosmos and met my co-founder Louisa Jones through mutual friends. She had a small stall at St Nick’s market and I started selling my wares in there and gradually jumped on board. We put our heads together and realised we could do something much bigger and better together. That became Shop Dutty, our first store in Stokes Croft which opened in 2008.

How did it work in the early days?

We initially started out selling our own brands and a handful of others, as well as selected pieces of vintage clothing and jewellery. That eventually grew into what we wanted it to be, a platform for up and coming designers.

Have you seen a lot of coming and going around you?

Some things have come and gone, some are staying, but in any economic climate it’s a challenge; you have to lay your foundations really tight, have a watertight business plan, be prepared for changes like increases in rent. We’ve grown with Stokes Croft, everything we do in-store, but also the fact that we’ve been able to move to bigger brighter premises. We’ve only moved down the road, we used to be where Emmeline’s is now – they have the best grilled cheese sandwiches, proper doorstop sourdough bread.

Was it a tricky move?

It was, but it was a lifestyle choice. If you thrive and are looking after your own happiness you have more to give, it was important for us to have that. Before, we had an office in the basement, and now we have a bright upstairs office space. I basically run every aspect of the shop from here: design, PR, social media, HR, accounting. A few things I’ve learnt on the job, like accounting, but I’ve learnt that the skills I had at the start were enough and I’ve just built on those.

So what about the name change from Shop Dutty to That Thing?

During the shop move we were in the midst of a two-year law case, with claims to do with copyright and use of name. We had no choice but to take the case, otherwise we would have lost immediate use of name and we may as well have declared ourselves bankrupt. It was like living in a limbo land. Two months after moving into the new shop we lost the case and were given three months to change name. Yes, we could have thought up a new name during those two years, but we didn’t for one second think we were going to lose it, and we didn’t want to think about admitting defeat. It was tough, three months to change everything, branding, bank account name, insurance documents, on top of paying all our own legal fees. That Thing was a lightbulb moment. It felt like it was staring us in the face, fresh, upbeat, doesn’t take itself too seriously, a bit cheeky, has longevity and not ‘genderfied’. Louisa left the company shortly after the rebranding, that’s when ‘one-man-band’ sprung into action, and I’ve managed the business since.

How do you go about creating a collection?

To start with I get my brushes out and start drawing, I think about logos, what I want to reuse, if I need to pull anything new out. It’s not all about splashing logos, it’s about creating a solid collection. I want people to be able to dress top to toe without looking silly, without every piece looking like a statement piece. I’d say they’re luxury streetwear, wardrobe staples.

Who makes the clothes?

Sometimes I use a seamstress, a lot of the prototypes I make myself. Some things like t-shirts and hoodies are blanks, I find high quality ones that I like and want them to be part of the collection. I’m very lucky to have a brother who has a screen-printing company. He helps me no end to create a bespoke collection and have a bit of fun with logo placements and stuff like that.

How do you choose designers?

Since opening the shop back in 2008 we’ve always had an influx of people coming to us, in-store, out and about, even on a night out. We always get people who literally barge into the shop with a bag of stuff to show us. I do have certain things that I like to see from a person before taking their brand, the aesthetic for example. How well it’s made is the other top priority. You can have brilliant ideas, great textures and colours, but if it’s not high quality I can’t take it. What I can do is have a conversation with that person, look at how I can help them with ways to improve, and then they can come back and see me in six months. I’ll also ask them about the realities of being a designer, we are looking to nurture talent, I don’t mind being that link. I’m quite happy to tell people how they can improve, then they often come back. I often advise people to try and make it on an online selling platform first, to test the market.

You talk about being fashion conscious, something many businesses struggle with even when equipped with significant funds. How do you manage it? And what does it mean to you?

It’s open to interpretation to a certain extent, it’s thinking about where your clothes come from, and who you support. The business is very much curated by myself, and I am very conscious of who I pick as designers. I’m not for fast fashion. I want to nurture the creativity in Bristol and give back opportunities within the business to the community, offering work experience to local school kids and teaching what I know. We support up to 65 independent designers in Bristol, and we don’t sell fur, but we are not perfect. I am very open to conversations with people in the shop about aspects we still do want to improve on when we are more financially stable and can make more choices. Plastic carrier bags are next!

Stokes croft now has a hub of independent retailers, who supports this? Is being here a good place for an independent retailer because of the community around you, or is it thanks to action from the council?

In very few other big cities across the UK do you have such a vibrant but also struggling community right on the doorstep of the city centre. There is big scope for creativity here, but more could be done by the council and politicians to help what’s going on here. Sometimes I feel like Stokes Croft is a little fort. We protect ourselves, but it’s the vulnerable people here that the government need to help. We have organisations like the PRSC (Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft) and Chris Chalkley there does so much to clean up the area and revamp the artwork; keeping things fresh and keeping people thinking about politics and the social layers we’re surrounded by every day. I think there should be more funding and support for people who want to make Stokes Croft better. I’m not for gentrification, I don’t think the people who’ve built Stokes Croft up to what it is now should be pushed out by rent, but at the same time I am 100% for change. I think as a society we move quite slowly because it takes people a long time to adapt. Change is good if it’s positive and supportive.

So what’s next?

ASOS, we’re set to have our vintage section on their marketplace within the next six months.


thatthing.co
45-47 Stokes Croft
Bristol
BS1 3QP
0177 924 9990


Photos by Pippa Cole


Edicola 518

From afar Edicola 518 looks just like another street corner newsstand. The pristine display, matte-finish publications and gratifyingly arranged colours may hint at a particularly cultivated set-up, but the extent of its social importance could easily slip by unnoticed. This is a project by Emergenze, a local endeavour and independent newspaper championing, in their words, the ambiguity of discovery. For the original few behind the project, it was a mission to return a soul to the cold predicament in which society had found itself, a desire to breathe life into this social mechanism of which they were part but did not recognise.

In 2014, the year in which Emergenze was born, Perugia was a tired and demotivated place, associated with the negative connotation of Emergenze (literally translated as emergencies); a rising drug culture and an almost total lack of prospects for young people. Emergenze sought to recapture the positive interpretation of the word, an emergence from the deep, or lunging in the opposite direction of the tide. Recent years have witnessed a remarkable uplift in both the hopes and safety of Perugia, now a vibrant and secure destination once again for students and tourists alike, but the mission for independence and curiosity has lost none of its worldwide relevance today, a world still overrun with political dissatisfaction and barely challenged business magnates monopolising our high streets.

Not only the official vendor of the now numerous Emergenze publications, in just four metres squared Edicola 518 serves as a space for the city and of the city, providing the sense of collectivity and celebration of curiosity which had long left the streets. It is a meeting point, a place of shared ideas, inspiration, discussion, complaint and of hope for resolution. In simpler terms, it is one of Italy’s greatest vendors of international, independent publishing and a host of a number of thought-provoking talks and events from inspirational figures across a wide range of cultural spheres.

Although undoubtedly a hub of great debate and discovery, Edicola 518 is a site of great modesty and humour. Discussion is welcomed, but simple pleasure and perusal is entirely welcomed. Alongside the intellectual array of political and literary texts, traditional newsstand displays open out to expose the beautiful and the great of food, travel, fashion and other lifestyle journalism. Tongue in cheek wine publication Noble Rot sits not far from thoughtful lifestyle magazine Lagom, in turn a few short racks away from Apartamento, arguably the most influential and honest interiors magazine currently available.

In a city recapturing its spirit, Edicola 518 is a beating heart of innovation.


www.emergenzeweb.it/punti-vendita/

Via Sant’Ercolano, 42/A
Perugia, Umbria
Italy

+39 340 763 5546


Photos by Pippa Cole, written with thanks to Antonio Brizioli for his written and recounted insights.


London’s Borough Market to end single-use plastic bottle sales

In the UK, 38.5 million plastic bottles of water are sold every day. In other words, significantly more than half of the population buys one daily. Only half of these end up being recycled. The descendants of today’s humans and fishes will still be working out what to do with the other half in 450 to 1000 years.

In an exemplary bid to reduce its own contribution to this non-biodegradable onslaught, London’s Borough Market is going to phase out the sale of all disposable water bottles over the next six months. As a very-generous-but-should-be-a-given-everywhere replacement, they are installing free water fountains with taps for both direct drinking and bottle refilling. The only bottles on sale will be swish re-usable numbers, at £2-2.50 a pop.

“We are right next to the River Thames and most of the litter found there is single use plastic bottles,” Darren Henaghan, the market’s managing director, told Packaging News. “We feel that we need to lead the way and all our traders are environmentally conscious – it’s part of the ethos of the place.”

The move comes as part of Borough Market’s plan to completely eliminate landfill waste. Although plastic food containers are currently still allowed, soon the historic venue’s 114 independent vendors will be trading with biodegradable packaging only, and composting all food waste.


Illustration by Julia Webster


Assaggio Italian Bistro

Assaggio Bistro is a personal and authentic Italian restaurant in the quieter parts of the Marais, Paris.

Finding food on a Sunday in France is like looking for alcohol in Saudi Arabia. Yet Assaggio Italian Bistro in the heart of the ‘hidden’ Marais (the bit that’s not ridiculously busy, nearer to Hotel de Ville) is one of those gems you wish you’d stumbled across sooner.

The staff is made up of a set of young and, it has to be said, flirty waiters, who are swift in presenting you with a charcoal chalkboard. Once your eyes have adjusted to the small squiggly handwriting, you have the small problem of choosing what to eat. Having been here on two occasions now, it has become my favourite Parisian Italian, because the food is simply divine.

If you don’t want to book, I’d advise coming before 8 or 8.30pm, otherwise you might be turned away or stood out waiting in the cold. The food is selected seasonally, so don’t expect to have the same thing twice if you make a return visit, which you will probably be inclined to do. Whether you go for the seasonal lasagne, a caprese salad or the garlic fettucine, you will be able to taste fresh, wholesome ingredients with complete Italian authenticity thrown in too.

What is also a welcome treat, is the sliced onion and tomato pizza crust ends given to each table as an alternative to the ‘French bread basket.’ Dessert is also something not to skimp over. Alongside the classics and the likes of vanilla pannacotta and creamy tiramasu, you may find yourself up against ricotta, cacao and lemon cannoli. This is the best thing since sliced bread, quite literally.

Italian food means Italian wine and the waiters have no qualms about giving you the eye if you opt for the French Merlot over the Italian Montepulciano, so choose wisely!

The stripped-back interior and bare brickwork are the perfect contrast to the exquisitely detailed tastes, creating an addictive Italian charm.


www.facebook.com/Assaggio-364261743584786/?fref=ts

48 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris
+33174646155