Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Although, in fairness, that was the builder’s original estimate.
And Stevie Parle’s nascent restaurant empire wasn’t exactly built overnight either. But given that he’s only 32, and already onto his fifth unique venue – the Rome-inspired Palatino – it’s not too far off, metaphor or not.
Set in Clerkenwell (which, by the way, was called “London’s Little Italy” up until the early 20th Century. Fun fact!), the place is named after one of Rome’s seven ancient hills, and comes with a neatly blended interior of cold concrete fittings and warm yellow upholstery. The open kitchen has a fresh pasta machine, and both a wood-burning and a stone oven, all of which means you get:
Including the likes of traditional fried sage leaves with honey vinegar; speck, ventricina & finocchiona; and mozzarella, prosciutto crudo & melon, amongst otheres. Appetite suitably whetted, then there’s the,
Mostly coming from the aforementioned pasta machine, it includes tonnarelli cacio e pepe; and spaghetti, mussels, chilli, garlic, ‘nduja, breadcrumbs & olive oil.
If you’ve never had chicken & pistachio meatballs, start here. Or you could just have some of their viganorla (Roman stew). Or a whole roast seabream with salsa verde. Then cap it all with,
You can’t really go wrong with a chocolate cake with pistachio & honeycomb, or a grappa panna cotta with flat peach & basil. And no Italian restaurant would be complete without some tiramisù.
After all. When in Rome.
NOTE: Palatino is open for lunch (12-3pm) and dinner (5.30-10.30pm), Mon-Sat. You can book a table right HERE.
Palatino | 71 Central Street, EC1V 8AB
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