If you’re ever wandering around looking stressed or upset in Italy, you’ll probably find a kindly old nonna patting you on the shoulder and telling you ‘tutto finisce a tarallucci e vino’, which translates as ‘everything ends with biscuits and wine’, and essentially means that everything is going to be ok.
It’s also, coincidentally, true of the menu at Shoreditch Italian, Popolo.
This co-venture from chef Jonathan Lawson (formerly of Theo Randall’s eponymous restaurant) and restaurant manager Munur Shah brings relaxed Italian tapas-style dining to Shoreditch. And of course tapas is the best dining set-up, because you get to try all the things – including:
MEAT, like grouse cappelletti, handmade pasta parcels filled with Scottish grouse and porcini butter; and pan-roasted quail with smoky aubergine and grilled radicchio;
FISH, from octopus with paprika and seaweed to diver-caught scallops with saltwort, capers and lentils; and
VEG, along the lines of red wine and chestnut risotto, or these deep fried olives with labneh.
And if you still have room after accidentally ordering everything on the menu, there’s an extremely tasty-sounding burnt honey panna cotta with your name on it. As well as, strangely enough, a glass of dessert wine and twice-baked Marcona almond biscuits.
See? Told you it would all be ok.
NOTE: Popolo is open Mon-Sat, 6-11pm. You can book a table, and find out more, HERE.
Popolo | 26 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DU
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