This small Italian restaurant and deli near Victoria has a pretty impressive selection of aged meats and interesting cheeses. However, I was by for a meal.
The roast eggplant salad hit the spot --- marinated peppers, well-cooked eggplant (though the skin was a bit tough), and a nice balance of flavors overall.
The spinach lasagne, however, was almost inedible --- overcooked spinach that tasted like it'd been in the freezer too long, rubbery cheese, and nothing else. No pasta, no veggies, no sauce --- just a congealing spinach-cheese mass.
The clientele was fun (especially an older tweed-clad table), the waiter was reasonable, and most of the food was good --- but stay away from that lasagne.
I opened the door of Gastronomica, walked in and my knees nearly gave out. Did I mention that I was 119 years old and have had 17 knee replacement surgeries? That was the first reason why my knees gave out. The second was the smell. Oh delicious. Oh scrumptious. Oh mouth watering delight. Even my 119 year old nose couldn't miss that.
And the foods from which these smells came? Italian cheeses, spicy sausages, crusty fresh breads, flavorful antipastos. There was a wall of wines singing out sweet serenades and I was immediately happy. The warm, rustic feel, the cheese and meat platters that delight the taste buds, it was all the goodness of Italy wrapped up in parcel form and sent to London.
If you're looking for a nice place to study, a tasty cafe to grab a bit, or a cozy environment to have a coffee, you've found your match.
There's nothing quite like the thrill (read: fear) of shoveling questionable market meat in your mouth. In most cases, you willingly sacrifice the sanitary for the delicious, cross yourself, and open wide. However there's nothing to sacrifice at Gastronomica and any patrons of their cosy Pimlico shop will fearlessly flock to the big red sign in stall or shop form.
Living in the area, Gastronomica was a perfect place to pop by for lunch and linger on an espresso (and free internet) for hours on end. Cheese, cured meats, salads and sandwiches are more than enough to nibble on and the atmosphere is like Walt Disney's impression of Italy. I'll be the lady, any tramps out there willing to join me?
I love a good cafe/deli that has charm and authentic ingredients packed inside. The cheese and wine selections are well-presented along the walls and you feel like this is where you should have been doing your charcuterie shopping all along.
Gastronomica really does wonders for people into 5 senses experiences. The tables have a sense of purpose, the cured pork leg greeting you on the way in looks straight out of an Italian shop window, the sounds of the espresso machines dripping and frothing and the smells & tastes I'll leave up to you, but it's really got the full package. They're not on the most glam street with suspecting surroundings, which really makes it a hidden gem. Well worth the trip!
I went here tonight on my own as I've lived in Italy and love Italian food. Good vibes when you walk in, lots of Italian speakers so that's always a good sign. Bruschetta was nice, very fresh and really tasty. I had the tagliatelle with bolognese sauce which was super bland, very surprising. They were "out of house red" so I had to go for the next glass up which was £9- that's a lot even for London! With a 10% service charge added to my bill and no water or bread offered, very bland pasta, I won't go back. Nice waiters though.
My buddy and I were stumbling around town after having visited the Indian Visa Processing Centre-which was a bit stressful-trying to find a decent cup of coffee. What we found, initially, was a wee street market in Pimlico! One of the concessionaires chatted us up as we were drooling over his cheese selection. We asked if he knew where one could find good coffee is the area, and he said, "I have a shop just up the road..."
Viola! We found ourselves in Gastronomica! The space is beset with large, dark wood 'family style' tables, a few 2-top tables, and two outside tables. Gastro wasn't totally inviting, atmospherically speaking. -must've been all the dark wood. The vibe was kind of "heavy". However, that did not stop us from each having two rounds of espresso drinks (2 double machiattos, 2 lattes), a chocolate muffin, and three bit-sized puff pastry stuffed with Gorgonzola. The bill came to 11.10, and we caught a nice coffee buzzzz.
The nibbles were heated up before arriving at our table. My friend thought that that was a nice touch. I, on the other hand, am not a fan of "nuked" food. I was really taken with my double espresso-marked-with-foam drinkies. The espresso was smooth, easily drinkable (I did have two of 'em!) with no sourness that sometimes characterizes a not-so-well-pulled shot.
The service was friendly in a, perhaps, Piemonte, Italy sort of way. Hey!
Speaking of Piemonte, there is a large selection of Italian vino for sale on display here. I'd wanted to get my hands on a perky, little Lambrusco, but, feeling wimpy, didn't wish to carry a bottle home. :S -next time!
Originally this deli style shop, started with a stall at the glorious Borough Market, but business has been good, and now theyve opened a shop in Pimlico, and it is beyond yummy, if you pop by at lunch time, you can have a pick of the freshest loveliest ingredients to have in your sandwich, what's more, they have tasting trays of all the delicious food they sell, it is a great way to get you purchasing not only a sandwich, but some home made sun dried tomatoes, to actually make your own gastronomic experience at home. Slightly expensive, the place has simple décor, and a great selection of wines.
Its really close to the Pimlico Tube.
Very good, authentic Italian cafe serving light meals, wine and also deli items. They source direct from small, rural producers in Italy and specialise in facilitating a direct to the UK market service for them so that the small producers get a decent return (as middlemen cut out) and UK customers get great produce at reasonable prices. Commended!
A lot of the products are organic and carefully selected. Strange that the cafe does not highlight this to the sky?? They really ought to provide more printed information up front about their wines which are very good and some are organic too. Instead, there are just small card labels advertising name and price .... their written menu on the wall has got to be sorted out!!! It is not big enough for customers to read with ease - letters are too crowded. They also need to provide more information about their offerings e.g. what is an 'assagi' (apologies if spelt wrong) up front and not suppose that customers 'could' ask them; most would just get confused and walk out. What a loss! The food is very good indeed.
This would be an excellent place for a light evening supper with wine in comfortable surroundings. The star really is their food! The decor is not bad either. It really is somewhere where one pays for the food and not the decor!
i admit, i've been holding out on this one... this used to be my sleepy retreat... you know, the place you while away in for *hours* sipping your latte while using the free wifi. but a few weekends ago i came here on a sunday and it was *packed*... apparently it is my personal coffice no more.
though you'd never know from the outside with its hideous red awning or its locale in an equally hideous red brick shop block, INSIDE - it's Italy!!!
Italian waitstaff, immense wooden tables for Italian-sized families, Italian smells, Italian wine, Italian espresso, and, **most shocking** Italian prices! a sandwich served *to you* with a nice side salad (read: NOT iceberg lettuce & with high quality olive oil) for under 4 pounds - ?? and a proper espresso concoction tops out at 2 pounds - MAX. it confounds the mind. clearly, they are still thinking in euros... or *something.* shhhhh...
I'd skip the lasagne and such if I were you and stick with the platters and sandwiches they put together with their imported Italian ingredients, but still, I've never been anything but pleasantly surprised with this place.
Not that I expect many of you to make the trek to this random street of Pimlico... and frankly, i'd prefer that you didn't!
Walking into this deli you find your leg of cured pork to your right followed by an open fridge case of Italian cheese and then one of cured meats. On your left are shelves of Italian wines. There are a spattering of other Italian sundries for sale in the front. There are a smattering of tables--big community tables and small tables, and there is table service. They have a nice menu of Italian sandwiches, cheese and meat boards and salads. The sandwiches were delicious. It is a bit of a disorganized mess as you head to the bathroom, as if they don't realize their customers will see back there. Also the latte left a bit to be desired. But it is a nice place to sit down, enjoy Italian delicacies and pass the time.
Just terrific cheeses, hams and pastas at this very cool Italian deli in pimlico. Very affordable prices in a terrific homey style seating arrangement. The chefs and waiters are Italian and are proud to answer questions about what they are serving you. I had the ham and cheese for two, plus the ravioli, and a crostini and finally a canoli. Totally bill was about 23 pounds. Terrific place. amazing.
Okay place, though not as hip as some reviews suggest. Italian meats a bit greasy for my taste, and left me a bit queasy. But my wife's special of the day was sublime, despite the fried mashed potatoes arriving cold. Good coffee. The kitchen is not as spic and span as your mum's, and the service a bit casual. Good value, low stress. Lots of Italian goods like cheese and pesto to take away and cook at home. Overall, a good choice if you're staying in the neighborhood, but if you're only in the area for one morning meal, you're better off at Pimlico Fresh.
Okay, time to admit it, Gastronomica have upped their game and their ambitions. I don't know if the service in their shop is any better, but they've now taken that out of the equation by occupying a huge stall at the Tachbrook Street Market. No more waiting for your piadina, pizza, cheese, olives or sandwiches: now you can simply stroll up to any of the friendly people on the stall and get served there and then. Only downer is the price, which is kinda on the high side at £4 for a not-so-filling small piadina or £1.50 for a similarly limited slice of pizza. But at least they're making progress.
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