Apulia

50 Long Lane, Farringdon, London EC1A 9EJ

Food: 3.5/5

Service: 4/5

Price: £30 per person (drinks excluded)

I was actually initiated to this nice little Italian place by my friend Emma. Sharing the love for good food, I was very happy to give it a go, and I was not disappointed. 

“Apulia” stays for “Puglia”, a gorgeous region in the very South of Italy, it is the heel of the Italian boot. The cuisine is therefore very regional and pleasantly fresh. It is not easy in my opinion to find a Good restaurant in the City, especially around Farringdon where aggressive American-burger-grill places have taken over a bit. Apulia is small and cosy, a good option for a relaxing post-work mid-week dinner.

You can order both a la carte and from a set menu. We started with a couple of very fresh options: octopus carpaccio and burrata. The carpaccio was a very abundant portion, served with courgettes, sun-dried cherry tomatoes and crispy flat bread. The burrata was excellent! Absolutely as it should be. Served whole here and not in a bowl as you might find it in other occasions (both equally good). If you have been following my posts, you will already know I am a big burrata fan so finding good fresh examples in London make me ecstatic.

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We ended up ordering the same main as it sounded too good to let it go. Scialatielli with pesto, prawns and pistachios. Wow! (Note: be ware of the difference between scialatiellitagliatelle and linguine and be ware of restaurants that mix them up! Linguine is a long, flat but narrow pasta. Tagliatelle are long, flat and wide. Scialatielli are long, kind of flat but pretty thick.) The dish was nice and essential, made with good ingredients.

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We closed the meal with a chocolate mousse that although was delicious, it was way too rich for the light and fresh meal we had enjoyed hence we were not able to finish it, even if we were just sharing one! All in all a very good experience anyway, worth adding it to our Italian collection in the exciting British capital.

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