Enoteca Rabezzana Review

A five-minute walk from Barbican station, Enoteca Rabezzana is an Italian restaurant that strikes the perfect balance between tradition, quality and creativity. We were invited to try their brand new spring menu, and it was completely delizioso. Among the selection of Italian charcuterie, cheeses and small bites perfectly curated by Rabezzana’s team of connoisseurs, we opted for the mixed bruschetta plate to whet our appetite for what was to come. Some advice: follow suit if you want to taste the creamiest burrata you’ve ever encountered.

Imagined by chef Federico Casali, the menu itself is enough to make your mouth water. For starters, we tried the grilled octopus with beans, ‘Nduja and shallot, a subtly chilli-spiked dish that will have you wishing for seconds.

Thankfully, we saved room for our mains, because the portions are definitely generous — that said, we had no problem finishing our respective Rigatoni Alla Carbonara and Tagliatelle Amatriciana. These two classic Roman pasta dishes were perfection, and we’ll be dreaming about the eggy noodles until our next time at Enoteca Rabezzana.

The word “enoteca” designates a wine shop or wine bar, so obviously our experience wouldn’t have been complete without a glass or two. Our sommelier expertly handpicked wines from smaller Italian producers to accompany our meal, and every choice was absolutely spot-on, from a dry, light white to a velvety red. What a treat.

Address: 62-63 Long Ln, London EC1A 9EJ


Written by Iris Goldsztajn