Lardo

London-City and East London

4.2 / 5

May 11, 2018

Taking its name from an ingredient now commonplace on London menus ß-sure it's a kind of cured fat, but it's an incredibly tasty and one that's highly prized by foodies for good reason...

Taking its name from an ingredient now commonplace on London menus ß-sure it’s a kind of cured fat, but it’s an incredibly tasty and one that’s highly prized by foodies for good reason this Hackney pizza place has a hip east London buzz. Located in the Arthaus studio complex near Mare Street, it’s a familiar stripped-back urban space, all bare bricks and white walls with a splash of hot pink neon, the room dominated by a huge, domed pizza oven. The discs of sough themselves are superior specimens and include a goat’s cheese, anchovy and broccoli number as well as one topped with the titular strips of melting white lardo. All of their cured meats are processed in-house and the menu also features a nice line in Italian small plates: bacon and sweetbread terrine, wood-roasted crab with garlic and lemon. There’s an accompanying bar area open for cocktails and snacks; the drinks are Italian in influence, Negronis, Campari and other classic pre-dinner drinks. We particularly like the sound of the Coretto Martini, a mix of vodka, espresso and grappa. There’s a compact but decent Italia wine list. The vibe is laid back and, though the service can be patchy it’s at least friendly. The quality of the pizzas on offer helps smooth things over considerably and, all in all, this is a really welcome addition to this part of town.

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/lardolondon/photos/

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