D&D restaurant Radici is overseen by Chef Patron Franceso Mazzei in his local neighbourhood of Islington. Offering a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere that lends itself more to a trattoria than a ristorante, Radici is a reliable destination for everything from after-work drinks to a family dinner. Meanwhile, Southern Italian chef Giuseppe Cafaro runs the kitchen on a day-to-day basis, having previously worked for Francesco at Sartoria for many years.
The interiors have been designed by acclaimed designer David d’Almada, using natural materials to create a light, bright and welcoming space. It also offers a charming terrace for guests to dine al fresco during the warmer months. Head here for everything from a sun-soaked lunch or a quick coffee, to a romantic dinner or drink.
Ingredients are fresh and seasonal and the menu is inspired by Mazzei’s southern Italian childhood. Starters feature meatballs with nduja and Grana Padano and burrata with radicchio and hazelnuts. While main courses are split into pasta, meat, fish and pizzas, with an emphasis on food that is rustic and authentic. That’s not to say the dishes aren’t inspired though, with pizza toppings featuring chilli jam, pesto and pumpkin seeds, and spicy salami, nduja and smoked ricotta.
Brunch is served here every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3 pm, and features dishes such as scrambled eggs with Calabrian sausage and peppers and Radici pancakes with wild berries and honey. Pre and post-theatre menus and a pizza club offer are also available for a limited time throughout the week. There’s even a ‘bambini’ menu for kids so you can bring the whole family along to enjoy the fun.
The wine list features plenty of Italian varieties as well as artisan Italian beers and fresh cocktails. Examples include Negroni ‘del Mazzei’ which combines gin, rosolio, cocchi americano and three olives, as well as The Godfather, a simple mix of whisky and Disaronno.