L’Anima, Italian like no other

It’s probably the best time ever to eat Italian in London: street eats like Cheeky Italian, Fundi Pizza, Franco Manca and Pizza Pilgrims have definitely raised the quality bar on Southern European goodness in the capital, and newly-opened Canto Corvino shows you can serve amazing Italian food for a good price. But there’s an Italian restaurant that you will never ever forget, giving London the best of the best Italian food – some of which you won’t even find in Italy. It’s the City of London’s L’Anima.

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Situated in the heart of London’s financial district on 1 Snowden Street, L’Anima is one of my personal favourites, guaranteed to make me feel better even when I feel terribly homesick. That’s because, together with classic Italian dishes like Risotto al Grana Padano with porcini mushrooms, L’Anima cooks up an impressive selection of delicacies from my motherland Sardinia.

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Start off with L’Anima’s Manzo Crudo con Tartufo Nero e Uova di Quaglia (Chopped Raw Beef with Black Truffle and Quail Egg, £16.50) a starter with a kick that will get you in the mood for all the amazing food to come. IMG_0785-0

Take for instance their Pappardelle al Ragù di Cinghiale (Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu, £13.50/£17.50) or their Ravioli di Crostacei in Brodo di Astice (Langoustine and Prawn Filled Ravioli with Spicy Lobster Broth, £18, pictured here): innovative yet typical dishes like this are hard to find both in London and in Italy.IMG_0784-0

Their impressive list of Primi Piatti demands more than just one visit. Don’t miss out on some of my favourites, the Tortelli di Barbabietola con Burrata e Ricotta Affumicata con Aceto Balsamico ‘Famiglia Gottardi’ (Beetroot Tortelli with Smoked Burrata, Ricotta and Aged Balsamic Vinegar, £14.50/£19.50).

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For a main that’s as Sardinian as it gets, go for their Fregola Sarda con Astice e Cime di Rapa (Lobster Fregola and Turnip Tops, £26.50) or for the Malloreddus al Grano arso e Gamberi di Mazara (Hand-made Malloreddus with Mazara Prawns, £17.50).

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As a second course, try their tasty Tagliata di Manzo Scozzese e Salsa Verde ( Scotch Beef Tagliata, Marrow Bones, Buffalo Blue Cheese and Salsa Verde, £34.50), an absolute guilty pleasure. IMG_2931

To finish, try the extremely instagrammable Tortino di Mandorle e Lamponi con Gelato allo Yogurt (Raspberry and Almond Tart with Liquorice Crumble, £10.00). However, if you’re looking for real Sardinian desserts, try L’Anima’s Seadas with Harbutus Honey and Nougat Ice Cream (£8.50), a typical honey cake to drink with a shot of Mirto (£7.00), a Sardinian digestif. IMG_0790-1

Sardinia never feels as close as when I’m at L’Anima.

Pictures: Carolina Are


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