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|Address:||1 Snowden Street, London EC2A 2DQ|
|Tel:||020 3463 7528|
|Price: £60.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 11.45am-3pm Mon-Sat 5.30-11pm (Sat -11.30pm)|
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At last! After a distinct lack of decent Italian restaurants, L'Anima (The Italian word for Soul) arrived like a breath of fresh air and Chef Francesco Mazzei wowed City folk with his trademark rustic, home-style cooking.
The restaurant itself is one big space, minimalistic with decor largely consisting of white walls and glass and an open kitchen where geeks like me can watch the Chefs as they toil over hot stoves creating food for your pleasure.
If you are looking for fancy food, then L'Anima is not for you. The cooking here is simple, vibrant and bursting with Italian flavours. Starters are particularly good with octopus, cannellini beans and ricotta, one of Mazzei's signature dishes as well as scallops with spicy N'duja sausage and of course wonderful burrata cheese with it rich creamy consistency. But it is the Sicilian rabbit stew, which is not to be missed and the Pork belly with N'Cantarata sauce is also a favourite. Mazzei once made me a special pasta dish of tagliolini with toasted hazlenuts, butter, parmesan and oodles of shaved white truffle which was so ridiculously good that I was rendered speechless. The man is a legend and along with his natural Italian charm, he is also very easy on the eyes which doesn't hurt one bit. But fear not Gentlemen, the food is really the main draw here, it is pretty unbeatable and though some say it can be a tad expensive, when you use the quality of ingredients that is used here, every single penny is absolutely justified.
Can't wait to go back after they re-open!