Zucca is located right in the heart of foodie’s heaven on Bermondsey Street, just a five minute walk from both Maltby Street and Borough Market. It offers quality authentic Italian cooking without the high-end prices. Sitting up at the bar overlooking the open kitchen, the food is cooked and presented with the minimum amount of fuss. It is clean and precise, with the focus firmly being on the main ingredient of each dish. If a piece of meat only requires a little salt and squeeze of lemon, then that’s all that it will get.
A starter of venison, beetroot and parmesan (around £8). was a simple marriage of flavours and textures. A slice of aubergine lasagne (£7) was lovely and rich but such a tiny portion that it left us wishing it was twice the size.
On the waiter’s recommendation my partner went for the tagliatelle with guinea fowl (£15). More meat wouldn’t have gone a miss, but the pasta was perfect and what little sauce there was had a great flavour. A veal chop with spinach and lemon (£18.50) with a side of cannellini beans (£4.25) was a great example of how little needs to be done to a dish to make it taste as good as it possibly can. A succulent grilled chop served bang-on medium-rare, and bed of spinach laced in fresh lemon juice. It was probably the best chop of any kind that I have ever eaten.
With a glass of red wine (£7.45), two bottles of San Pelligrino and a couple of strong Italian coffees, the bill came to £85 after service. The staff were friendly and extremely informative, and it was great sitting up at the bar watching the chefs at work. There’s a great buzz in the modern and chic dining room and it’s the perfect place for a casual Saturday lunch or simple dinner.
184 Bermondsey St, London