"Adventurous Italian in Peckham"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Do you ever get those weeks when every other person you talk to recommends the same restaurant? Not that it has to be new, just a perfect storm that mixes elements of coincidence, dining out and your ever-shrinking social circle together. Recently, that restaurant was Artusi. We knew about it, we’d always said we were going to go but after a week of being instructed to actually go, we went. Located on Bellenden Road between Peckham and East Dulwich, the Italian influenced restaurant is a simple affair. The narrow space matches white washed walls, brass lampshades and a chalkboard that acts as the only menu in the place. Two rows of tables leave room in between for servers to move up and down the central strip, which is a walkway of wooden floorboards and despite the compact size, it never feels cramped.
With a daily changing menu, we can only give you the outline of what you’ll find at Artusi, which is delicate, Italian inspired cuisine at reasonable prices. From all the reviews we’d been given about Artusi, we expected to find some kind of fine dining establishment but the place is nothing of the sort. Steak, salsa verde, octopus, butter beans, Ox cheek, slow-cooked ragu, pasta and artichokes made up our comforting dinner as we swapped plates between four of us. The food was delicate yet bold in flavour and satisfied in that way that Italian food always tends to. We can see why people were intent on sending us here, although were this not out on its own in Peckham, we’re not sure if it would get quite the same amount of hot press.
We finish the meal with polenta cake and ice cream, washed down with the last of our Nero ’Avola, Cento Cavalli red (£24 a bottle) and settled on scoring Artusi a very solid 8 out of 10 – a decision that allows us to keep on recommending Artusi to anyone who will listen.
T.A.O reviewed Artusi on Wed 03 Aug 2016Review disclosure: reviewed anonymously