Two and a bit years ago when I moved to the area, there was a little Italian restaurant just down the road called Buonissimo. Inside the decor looked fairly modern and trendy – lots of exposed brick and wood. Walking past one day I’m sure I saw the word “burrata” chalked on the specials menu.
Unbeknown to me the restaurant apparently changed hands, and when I finally checked it out I had the most average meal imaginable. I could have bought fresh pasta and sauce from the supermarket and eaten it at home. There was no sign of any burrata or anything particularly special. I had taken a date there to help me check it out in preparation for a visit from my mum. I decided not to take mum there! It wasn’t actively bad, but I couldn’t find a reason to like it much either.
Not long after the place closed down and was vacant for a long time. Then rumours started that it had been taken over by Mustapha from the wildly popular restaurant Anima e Cuore in Kentish Town (another restaurant that had been on my list for a long time and I hadn’t gotten around to going there). The rumour said he wanted to use it as a prep kitchen for the tiny KTown premises. It would be open during the day but not in the evenings.
After it opened it was so popular they decided to open in the evenings after all. I went in November not long after it opened and I’ve since returned. The menu is constantly changing and you can ask for off-menu stuff too.
On my most recent trip I insisted on starters.
Radicchio and gorgonzola crespelle. You all know this is a combo I can’t resist. But then I was struck by extreme food envy.
Because the tuna tartare was out of this world. It came with a smear of avocado on the plate but also a scoop of cucumber sorbet. Did I mention they make all of their ice creams on site? Well I have now.
I had to order ice cream for dessert (one scoop each of chocolate and caramel), and we also had hot chocolates, which they will make with dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate.
It was such a lovely meal and I need to go back while that tuna is still on the menu.
I don’t think they take cards yet so make sure you take cash with you. UPDATE: they take cards now!
Passione e Tradizione
451 West Green Road, N15
020 8245 9491