Last time I was in Napoli, I was working in footwear. I was trying my best to get a collection of shoes out of a factory that was ridiculously late in hitting our deadline, and failed to see why we were losing our minds over it. I couldn’t speak much Italian at all, let alone Napolitani, which seemed like another language all together. It was exciting, stressful, and not a little nerve racking – as we drove to the factory, my rep would point to all the kids hiding at the top of the dishevelled apartment roofs and whisper ‘camorra’. I felt like I was in the wild west.
This introduction didn’t put me off, however. I still love the south, and the shabby exteriors of the once grand buildings. In fact, they are still grand, just covered in graffiti. We had nothing but good vibes, and we came back bewitched by the city.
We were there under the guise of ‘research’. Our new project is built from our memories of holidays, but I wanted a refresher. I also wanted to eat some pizza fritta. This elusive food is going on our new menu, and I wanted to try the original. I tried this whole, which arrived like a puffa fish, I had the calzone variant, and then the posh version. All unique and not all as delicious as the other.
These Southern folk do like their fritta.
Now the sun is finally showing its face, and the light is lengthening our days, it is time to trust a little more..
We all are pretty cynical here in the UK when it comes to the weather. We don’t like to trust that its here to stay, but at the same time when it does come the city embraces the warmth like no where else. This enthusiasm is infectious. This is the atitude that we are showing towards this years summer.
As our doors face south, we have the lovely ‘Piazza di Richmond Road’ which both us and our neighbours have now dressed in new tables and chairs to take advantage of what sun we have.
Our normal trestle tables are available to book for dinner, on the day of the booking. If you want to book ahead of the day, you can do so, and call us on the day to change the table. We do this because this weather of ours is unpredictable, and we want to ensure all reservations are honoured.
Our new set of tables, including our deck chairs of summer stripes, are not able to be booked, but you can order drinks, and snacks from our bar menu which will now be available all day. Options of Arancini, bowls of clams and our range of charcuterie will be available along with our full wine and drink menu. Happy days.
It is also a rolling feast at LARDO.
Easter weekend is ahead of us – and this is what we have planned!
GOOD FRIDAY – Eat fish on Fridays
The weekend starts with Good Friday, where we will be heeding to the traditions, and offering a whole fish to share.
SATURDAY – Hot Cross Buns
Our lovely suppliers of croissants, the Little Bread Pedlar are making a special batch of Hot Cross Buns, which we will be offering, toasted with butter.
From 12pm we will be starting our classic brunch and all day dining – and this is a very good thing, because you can relax, kick your feet up, live a little – and you still have Sunday and Monday to go!
SUNDAY & MONDAY
Sunday and Monday will be Roasting Days, with a very special 10 year old Highland beast – aged for 24 days and marinated for 48 hours. We will be serving this with duck fat potatoes and greens. We have only a limited number of these roasts, so please let us know when booking if you would like to order one – we’d hate for you to be disappointed. We will be offering this from midday.
HOURS OF TRADE DURING EASTER
FRIDAY 29th 11am – 11pm
SATURDAY 11am – 11pm
SUNDAY 11am – 10pm (brunch served)
MONDAY 11am – 11pm (brunch served)
.. and one of my darling favourites.
Chinotto – found on almost every corner of Australia’s streets, is bedded in the sentiments of us all. A drink that I suffered as a child – the drink which adults would buy to make sure it remained untouched in the fridge – I grew to love as an adult. The sweet bitterness of the drink is hugely refreshing on a hot day and makes a great change to two-dimensional alternatives such as your classic cokes or lemonades.
It also is awesome with pizza.
We wanted to re-create this feeling for you all, and, having had no luck finding chinotto citrus here in London, I managed to find a recipe online that solved my little problem! Using a combination of blood oranges, white grapefruit, pink grapefruit and your classic orange, we trialled a batch and let it seep for a month.
Yesterday’s experimentation has most certainly paid off for today, and we’re now proud to offer two options of Chinotto on our menu.
Firstly: the classic, straight up soda. It may not have the darkness seen in the bottled version of Chinotto, but offers much more flavour.
And the second: cunningly entitled ‘The Boozy’, it includes a vodka-infused Chinotto, Martini Rosso, Chinotto syrup and is topped with cola.
Now we just need the sunshine, and we are set for summer.
When we started out, we wanted to offer a short, concise, but interesting list. We decided to focus on Europe, and predominately on Italian, but not exclusively, and we wanted it to be fun, with a good selection of natural, organic or from small producers.
We worked with Passione Vino, for our more eclectic Italian choices and Alliance for our house wines who introduced us to our Romanian Pinot Noir. We also began working with OW Loeb who gave us some great selections from France and Germany.
Almost 8 months on, we have decided to mix things up again. We have taken on 2 more suppliers – The lovely Les Caves de Pyrene and Indigo Wines – the former who are the Daddies of Natural wines, and the former who focus on some amazing Spanish.
We have kept it still quite short – 10 for each and one more sparkling for fun in the sun. We have added more Italian, and we have kept them still under £40ish.
Just in time for summer.
Their season is fleeting, but sipping down one of these fine juices, with a strong dash of Campari, or even without, makes the greyest February day simply shiny.