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Terra Rossa, Islington

Crummbs London Restaurant Reviews Terra Rossa

Meaning ‘red soil’ in Italian, Terra Rossa is a new restaurant on Islington’s Upper Street, focusing on the cuisine of Puglia – and it feels like it’s been there for years.

If you haven’t been to Puglia before, rest assured you’re in for a treat. The heel of Italy is renowned for its delicious cuisine, as Puglian-born owner François Fracella well knows. As the son of a farmer, his life very much revolved around food – the whole family would help crush the tomato crop for passata – and it was common for Francois to see figs baking in the sunshine on his roof. Dreamy.

Crummbs London Restaurant Reviews Terra Rossa

As you’d expect, the menu centres around home-made pasta and stone-baked pizza with ingredients sourced from small Italian suppliers.

We started with a heavenly slab of parmigiana which arrived with a very generous melted mozzarella top. Perhaps the most famous Puglian dish of all is orecchiette, served here with either turnip tops; or as we tried it with heritage yellow tomatoes, olives and broccoli purée. We’ll be back to try their much-hyped pork and beef meatballs which we’re told are very special.

Crummbs London Restaurant Reviews Terra Rossa

Pizza-wise, we really enjoyed the more unusual flavour combo of the Bologna which was topped with both mozzarella and scamorza (so extra cheesy), plus a sprinkling of pistachio, parmesan and mortadella. Yum.

Don’t leave before trying dessert – the signature millefeuille is a satisfying creation of creamy mascarpone and fresh strawberries whilst the super simple pistachio ice cream – all we need now is the sunshine.

This is a proper neighbourhood joint and we’re sure if you’re local, you’ll be on first name terms with the friendly staff before the month is out.

Alongside the a la carte menu, there’s a three-course fixed price menu (available seven days a week) at £28, inclusive of a glass of prosecco, plus, throughout the week, lunch is priced at £15.50 for two courses.

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