Trullo | Neighbourhood Italian restaurant
Named after the unique, conically-shaped white stone houses in Puglia which Italians allegedly used to rapidly deconstruct when the tax collectors came to town, Trullo’s generally regarded as one the best Italian restaurants in London and a jewel in Islington’s culinary crown.
Opened in 2010 by owners Tim Sidadatan and Jordan Frieda (who have since gone on to open the much loved and highly-regarded fresh pasta joint Padella), Trullo’s an understated sort of place with the quiet confidence that comes from a decade of making your customers happy. The simple interior consists of a large open kitchen at the back, plain white walls and wooden tables and chairs. It’s a clean, no frills kind of vibe – except for the net curtains that run halfway up the window giving it a warm, friendly charm.
The seasonal menu changes twice daily (but not during service, which is a fortunate thing for everyone concerned) and is split into antipasti, primi, oven and charcoal grill. The fresh, hand-rolled pasta such as pappardelle with beef shin ragu and taglarini with black truffle, parmesan and egg yolk are a nice contrast to more robust items coming from the charcoal grill, like a giant T-bone with crispy polenta, gorgonzola fonduta and Cornish leaves for friends to share.
To wash this all down, a handful of classic Italian aperitivo and an all Italian wine list to match, rounds off the authentic, Italian menu.
Trullo | 300-302 St. Pauls Road, Highbury East, N1 2LH
Like Italian fare? Check out Trullo’s sister restaurant, Padella.