Specialising in Apulian cuisine of Southern Italy, Li Veli is a sophisticated Italian option amongst the bustle of Covent Garden.
Upon arrival it was clear to see that staff are both knowledgeable and extremely passionate about the food and wine. Bottles of olive oil & wine line the walls, available for you to purchase, which let me assure you, you will not be able to leave behind. The menu showcases both of to perfection.
We took Nicholas up on his suggestion of starting with a “very special” glass of Colesel Prosecco as an aperitif. It was indeed the perfect way to start, and if the sun is shining there’s seating outside for you to really get into the Mediterranean spirit.
If burrata is on the menu I’ll always order it! Decadently creamy and sat atop fresh tomato, the portion here is extremely generous – drizzle it with the oil provided on your table and scoop it up with the complimentary olive bread. Divine.
The orecchiette is organic and homemade – you just can’t beat freshly made pasta. Paired with a simple but authentic broccoli, melted anchovy and breadcrumb sauce to let the simple flavours shine.
There’s more to this place then pasta though, if you want a lighter option we recommend the seabass served with samphire, olives and tomato. The broad bean mash is a delicious accompaniment.
The wine here is such beautiful quality, if you’re unsure of what to order, please let Nicholas guide you. We did and ended up with a beautiful mineral white followed by a super smooth red.
A typical Apulian desert, we loved the pistachio ice-cream, drizzled with olive oil. So good, we had to leave with a bottle. If we could have stretched to taking home the dessert wine too we would have – such a treat.