L'Anima Café

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Francesco Mazzei’s new all-day gastro playground occupies the same building as his City heavyweight, L’Anima. It’s a cavernous room incorporating a large bar with open pizza kitchen, a dining area, an extensive takeaway deli and an Italian grocer’s. The intended vibe is high-quality, informal fun – there’s a jaunty Lambretta at the entrance, a clubby dinner soundtrack and relaxing service – but high ceilings, clinical lines and grey hues mean the softer touches don’t convince. The kitchen sends forth rustic dishes bursting with southern Italian flavours: creamy, light Puglian burrata with roasted peppers and anchovies; a daily special of tuna confit balancing soft flesh with the tang of onion; a sponge dessert packed with fruity jam to lift its dense casing. The breads are stunning, pizzas are good value, and children under eight eat for free on Sundays – the Café just needs to develop a coherent character to become a smash hit.


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  1. When I heard that L’anima Café was opening (a small more intimate version of L’anima), and more importantly that there was a 50% off soft launch taking place, I of course booked a table as quickly as I could (regardless of the fact that I was already eating out 6 times that week). I guess the gym would have to wait another week…there were far more important things on my mind.

    We were greeted by a friendly and polite front of house and shown to our table. The café space is large with a bar and mini clay oven station for pizza cooking located on one side of the room and dining tables on the other...
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  • Address: 10 Appold Street, London EC2A 2AP
  • Telephone: 020 7422 7080
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.45pm 5.30-10.45pm Sat 11am-12.30pm Sun 12N-6pm

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