Named after the renowned Victorian banker, businessman and food writer Pellegrino Artusi (best known for The Science of Cooking and the Art of Fine Dining), this funky little Peckham eatery offers a brief ‘small plates’ menu of rustic Italian fare far removed from the clichés of most suburban trattorias. The kitchen rings the changes, but you might find ox tongue with salsa verde or cuttlefish with tomatoes and monk’s beard (barba di frate) ahead of lamb neck with artichokes and broad beans or hake with lentils and watercress. Pasta could bring spaghetti with octopus and chilli, and these are couple of seasonal puds too – perhaps rhubarb mousse with almonds and pistachios. The food is backed by a nifty little list of Italian regional wines.
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