SquareMeal Review of
Osteria del Mercato
Simple white walls and colourful, evocative images of markets and produce create a relaxed and unpretentious setting at this charming Leadenhall Market Italian. To access its sunlit uplands, you have to negotiate what is possibly the steepest staircase in the City, but fans find little else to quibble with. They come for the “excellent” and “authentic” Italian food: starting with delicately sliced veal with red onion, capers and a mixed herb sauce, or classic bruschette, followed by a luxurious crab tortellini with artichoke cream, pork medallions in a tangy mustard sauce, or pan-fried swordfish steak with cherry tomato sauce and savoy cabbage. The all-Italian wine list includes a smattering of options by the glass and is laid out by drinking style; the broad regional spread ranges from a Pugliese Salice Salentino Rivera 2010 to a 2011 Pinot Bianco Alois Lageder from the Alto Adige.