"A cosy Italian wine bar and restaurant"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
This little restaurant right by Smithfield Market specialises in Italian wines and small plates. It’s a cosy, dimly lit place with shelves filled with wine bottles, and friendly, very helpful staff.
We’re expecting heaps of tangy blue cheese on the broccoli gratin with gorgonzola sauce, but instead it’s creamy and the broccoli is a little on the mushy side. Deep fried squid, baby octopus and courgette sticks are lovely, coated in thin batter and nicely tender, with a very delectable pear aioli, which makes for an interesting mix of sweet fruit and garlic.
On the night we visit the mains include pasta, steaks and slow-cooked beef cheek, although sadly the latter has sold out. No matter as the spaghetti with N’duja is fantastic, and rather than chunks of the spicy Calabrian sausage it’s used to flavour a delicious rich sauce. The rib eye is a great hunk of meat, served with caramelised red onion and chunky chips.
We’re very impressed with the wine, of which there is a vast selection, many available by the glass starting from £4.50. One that really stood out for us was a Bolgheri Arnione, a blend of Cab Sav and Merlot. It’s one of those bold, oaky reds that hits the nose before you taste it. There’s a sommelier on hand too, to help pair each dish to the wine, and you can also buy bottles to take away.
Unfortunately for them the windows directly overlook the Crossrail re-development of Farringdon station, so there’s not much to look at except scaffolding and the traffic on Long Lane, however this is of course only temporary. With an inviting atmosphere and good wines, this is a great little restaurant.
Leila reviewed Enoteca Rabezzana on Tue 24 Nov 2015Review disclosure: reviewer was invited to review