Pulia, Borough Market – if you are still feeling the blues after your summer holidays in Italy, Pulia brings you some of the very finest local food and produce. So, maybe here at London Bridge you can feel the nostalgia from the memories of food in Italy.
Pulia is a mini international Italian chain which has other branches in Venice, Turin, Florence and New York. The interior of Pulia is very smartly finished with bright lighting - perfect for food photography but more like it is mimicking the bright sunlight feel that one would get in Italy. One corner of the wall is modelled resembling the rustic features of an Italian casa ie olive oil bottles, dried rosemary hung to dry and tomatoes sewn to strings for drying. But these are only mock-ups. There is a choice of a long communal table, bar type dining, few smaller tables and a snuggle corner to enjoy coffees, teas and sweet and savoury deli bakes. The cafe has a very family oriented ambience.
A small selection of Italian meat and cheeses (average of £10.00), warming and cheesy pastas (average of £8.00), oven baked meat (average of £12.00) and desserts (under £5.00) with wines from £4.75. Takeaways or eat-in are both available. Pulia also sells a few items for the store cupboard such as olive oils, pastas, wines, pate and their very proud tuna in oil.
Italian food is undeniably popular. So, we had to have a small feast, the Italian way, even if cheeses were not my thing.
mixed charcuterie £12.50 – selection of hams and cheeses from Puglia
pasta of the day £9.60 – the quality of pasta was very good. Has the mouth-feel texture and bouncyness to it.
spinach with fave £8.00
A friendly enough service but their engagement felt like they were desperately trying to sell me their produce. It was a fulfilling light lunch and I had been given a voucher from Zomato as part of this meal.