May 11, 2018
Replacing the popular La Belle ßpoque in the Emporium complex, Tony Percuoco’s Tartufo is just as elegant and ever so slightly decadent as its predecessor. As the name suggests, the emphasis this time is on Italian cuisine rather than French but the quality is just as high and the atmosphere equally appealing. It’s an upscale place with a vibe to match. The bar area is stylish and makes for the ideal place to have a refreshing aperitif or a glass of Italian wine before dinner. They also serve a tasty range of spuntini (Italian-style bar snacks) which are designed to be shared: think arancini, polpette, or delicious mini calzoni filled with ricotta and salami. Their salt cod fritters are particularly good. And the food in the main restaurant? We’re talking exemplary Italian cooking, showcasing excellent ingredients, and presented with flair and skill. The room itself is handsome and European in style with red leather banquette seating and an abundance of white linen. La Belle Epoque’s beautiful mosaic floors still remain and look just as good in their new setting. The dinner menu is more complex, taking in many Italian favourites but often serving them with a modern twist. The wine list is also worth exploring and you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert sweet ravioli filled with chocolate amaretto mousse or nougat semi-freddo served with espresso sauce.