Canto Corvino

Bars, Italian·
££££
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Bronze Award
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Bronze Award

This low-key Italian eatery is found just a few metres away from bustling Spitalifields Market. Canto Corvino is a restaurant full of well-heeled City types, but it’s also an inviting spot for more casual diners who seek a reasonably priced cocktail in a chic Shoreditch setting. The compact menu incorporates classic Italian dishes such as bread, olive oil, mozzarella and arancini but also includes some luxury takes, such as the lobster paccheri and truffled pig’s head linguine.

Notable main courses include generously portioned steaks, available with truffle jus or bone marrow, while the lighter choice of wild sea bass served on a bed of charred broccoli is a palatable and well balanced dish. To finish in style with something sweet, opt for the salted chocolate bomba, which is served in a glass tumbler covered with a layer of thin chocolate.

Don’t miss the sleek and centrally positioned bar upon entering either, which boasts an extensive cocktail list, with a whole section dedicated to brunch drinks alone. There’s also a nightly extended happy hour, which you can enjoy from 5-10pm.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Bars, Italian
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Fine dining, Lively, Romantic
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
People
Birthdays, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Found in Spitalfields, Canto Corvino is the third London site from the Manicomio Restaurant Group, known for its all-day menu of traditional and contemporary Italian favourites.

One of the biggest draws of Canto Corvino is its easily accessible location - found just a stone’s throw away from Liverpool Street Station and Spitalfields Market, Canto Corvino is handily nestled between the City and Shoreditch, meaning it is equally as suited to business lunches as it is to casual catch ups with friends.

The sleek dining room, created by the acclaimed B3 Designers, is a welcoming modern space which features exposed brick, artworks lining the walls and a large open kitchen which allows for guests to see the chefs at work. The a la carte is divided up into the traditional Italian format, beginning with snacks such as rosemary focaccia or deep-fried pork and olive meatballs. Next up, you can move on to starters proper with the likes of tiger prawn arancini or London Burrata with grilled asparagus and a yuzu dressing, before trying out main courses such as lobster ravioli or buttermilk chicken milanese, paired with grilled lettuces, beans and a Caesar dressing.

If you are hungry for more, side orders include a tomato, cucumber, red onion and bread salad or rosemary and truffle potato wedges, while puddings are delightfully Italian - think a classic tiramisu or homemade ice creams and sorbets.

At the weekend, Canto Corvino opens its doors for a popular weekend brunch, with a distinctly Italian twist. Tuck into brunch plates such as Canto’s truffle carbonara topped with a soft hen’s egg, or a Tuscan sausage bun slicked with a miso glaze and served with a fried egg and nduja ketchup. You can wash it all down with fun cocktails such as the Sweet But Psycho: vodka, lemon liqueur, basil and pineapple.


FAQs

Can you book Canto Corvino?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Does Canto Corvino do weekend brunch?

Yes, brunch is served on Saturdays.

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Does Canto Corvino offer vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, there are vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.

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Location

21 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 7HA

020 7655 0390 020 7655 0390

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Opening Times

Brunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 18:00-21:00
Tue 18:00-21:00
Wed 18:00-21:00
Thu 18:00-21:00
Fri 18:00-21:00
Sat 18:00-21:00
Sun Closed

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19 Reviews 
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Nick D

29 February 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 2
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 2.5
All good apart from the cooking...

We enjoyed the warm atmosphere, design comfort, low ambient noise levels and exemplary friendly service. What disappointed was, sadly, the cooking. Surprisingly poor, straggly, thin calamari, very ordinary artichoke hearts, very average mains, with little real finesse in presentation. Sorry to say! 

Simone G

16 February 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 3
Lovely dining experience

This is a great a place, you will struggle to beat. Food is good and the wine selection is excellent. The service is good and the atmosphere is what I am looking for when I am dining out. I can only recommend Canto Corvino and their service. You won't be disappointed.

Gary W

21 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Conny U

20 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

David N

17 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 1.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 1.5
Extremely disappointing.

For the first time I had a disappointing meal here, I've eatne here many times but this time my pasta Carbonara was poor - skimpy shreds of what looked like bacon and hardly any proper egg mix. Well below par. Extremely disappointing. Service always pleasant, though.

Govinder H

24 November 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Really delicious food. Very friendly staff and great service.

Anon

29 July 2019  
Excellent for a personal visit or visit with colleagues - the perfect atmosphere and love the menu both during the week & at weekends!

Megan J

02 July 2019  
Amazing Italian food, although a more modern take on italian rather than traditional. Delicious food, although a little pricey - still worth it.

Sarah G

27 June 2018  
Great modern Italian food with a twist - love that there is only a few things to choose from and you can see them cooking it! Always fresh and delicious with great service.

Lloyd S

13 May 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
Amazing Italian Feast
Having visited twice before for brunch we were very keen to return and try the Al a Carte Menu so last night that's exactly what we did. The evening got of to a great start as we were there before 7pm so got to have two delightful cocktails for the price of one . We then moved in to the restaurant with a nice greeting from the very friendly staff. Looking at the menu our choice wasn't going to be easy as there were many delicious dishes to choose from and to make it harder you get told about the special.?Starters?We decided on the Truffle Burrata , Isle of Wight Asparagus , Quinoa & Summer Truffles and the Scarlet Tiger Prawns Arancini with Tomato , Habanero Chilli & Lime. Both dishes were amazing and a nice Italian white wine to match which was perfectly chosen by the sommelier Following on from our starters we then decided to have a pasta course and this dish was heaven on a plate in fact stunning it was the evenings special a Crab & Tomato Linguine Now it was time for the main courses and in keeping with the fantastic dishes that we'd already enjoyed we were eagerly awaiting what was to come and we needn't have worried as they were both amazing. From the Clay Oven we chose the Wild Halibut , Roman Artichokes , spinach & anchovy aioli and from the Josper the Miso Iberico Pork Neck Nduja with fermented kohl rabi & padron accompanied by excellent side dishes of Burnt Greens with Chilli & Garlic plus some Rosemary Al Forno Potatoes. These dishes were once again matched beautifully with a glass of Italian Red & White wines Cheese & Desserts?As we were in the mood to try as much as possible it was only right to have a cheese course so we shared a nice selection of 5 Italian cheeses before enjoying some delightful Italian ice cream & sorbets Coffee & Petit Fours?A great way to finish was to sample the delights of Italian coffee and fabulous petit fours Summary? This brought an end to a truly amazing Italian feast where I would like to personally thank the chefs & staff as the food and service was excellent so I would definitely recommend a visit whether it's for breakfast , brunch or an Al a Carte evening you will not be disappointed
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