Delicious meal at Artusi, a small Italian restaurant on Bellenden Road in Peckham. The chef is Jack Beer who worked at the Peckham Bazaar. Between us we ordered everything on the menu.
Particularly good: antipasti of soft mortadella (which tastes so much better than its spammy appearance) with crispy crescentine (flat fried bread similar to an Indian puri), the ox tongue with a very generous portion of salsa verde. Beef ragu with silky homemade pasta also good and deliciously rich, but more exciting was the subtle, light, lemony ravioli with ricotta.
I liked the simple unfussy interior, the wide windows open to the street, and the quiet so we could easily hear ourselves talk. Great local restaurant and I will definitely be going back. I wish we had similar in Brixton.
Prices are reasonable given the large portions – starters £4.50-£6, mains £13-14. Our dinner for 4 people was £55 each including service for an extremely greedy four courses of antipasti, pasta, main course, and 2 puddings to share, negronis and wine.
WHERE, WHEN AND HOW
161 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London SE15 4DH
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panzaella, octopus with potatoes + parsley, cresentere + mortadella, ox tongue with salsa verde.
pecorino and ricotta ravioli, piccherri with beef cheek ragu
paillard (beef) with rocket salad, Old Spot pork loin, lemon sole with courgette and basil.
Torta Donazetti (soft sponge cake), buttermilk ice-cream with plums