Courgette, goats' curd & anchovy pizza
Any place where nobody raises an eyebrow at someone knocking back a gin cocktail with a slice of Melanzane alla Parmigiana is my type of place. Lardo is the kind of restaurant where you can just relax and enjoy simple, good food. The cooking is consistent and confident, service is knowledgable and kindly, everyone knows what they're doing and they give every impression that they're happy to be there. In short, it's very hard to find a bad word for Lardo.
Opened by Eliza Flanagan, formerly general manager of Bistrotheque, and Young British Foodie, Matt Bedell, in July this year, the menu is short and not too stretching. Head Chef Damian Currie, formerly at Zucca and St John Bread & Wine should ensure a keen following.
Melanzane alla Parmigiana
Housed in the ground floor of the warehouse-like Arthaus building, it's a 5 minute walk from London Fields railway station. Come December, that lovely disco ball of fire in the corner is going to make Lardo the cosiest winter spot in Hackney.
You can expect to pay around £4-7 for small plates and £8 or £9 for pizzas, so it makes for a very reasonable meal. There's a decent range of European wines on the drinks list plus freshly squeezed juices, but so far I'm afraid I've failed to progress beyond those Limonade and Bitter Lemon Sipsmith gin cocktails.
197-205 Richmond Road
London E8 3NJ
Tel: 020 8985 2683
Open 7 days a week