In a nutshell: Tuscan coastal cooking comes to Brixton
Summing it all up: Two Brixton locals, with one foot in Italy and the other in south London, are opening a neighbourhood spot on Brixton Water Lane serving up a range of Tuscan treats.
It's probably the dream of loads of Londoners to open a restaurant here based on their favourite holiday food, but few actually go through with their plans. Luckily for Brixton folk, residents Alice Staple and Dickie Bielenberg are doing just that.
The duo are teaming up with the former Head Chef of Bistrot Bruno Loubet, Dominique Goltinger, to open a neighbourhood spot serving up a range of dishes from the Tuscan coastal spot they call a home from home. They've taken over what was the old Montego Inn.
Staple, who runs a catering business serving up party food to the rich and famous, will be taking inspiration for the food from the Maremma’s unspoilt coastal region in southern Tuscany famed for its salumi, seafood, olive groves and vineyards. It's an area where Dickie has a house, so they both know its food and drink inside out.
On the menu in Brixton you'll find classics like La bistecca alla Fiorentina and Wild boar prosciutto along with Tortelli Maremmani, spinach and ricotta tortelli and Acquacotta, a traditional Tuscan soup.
If you're just popping in for a quick bite, opt for something from the Spuntini menu for their aperitivo hour where seasonal arancini will be served alongside classic Italian cocktails.
The wine list will feature a lot of Tuscan bottles from small producers, so if you're into that region, you'll want to come down and try these, all of which will be available for the first time in the UK.
“We’ve sourced the very best produce and lesser known wines, and I can’t wait to showcase these in our little slice of the Maremma in Brixton,” adds Alice.
More about Maremma
Where is it? 36 Brixton Water Lane, London, SW2 1PE
When does it open? 3 June 2019
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