Sunday 21 May 2023

The Italians Upstairs at Renegate Urban Winery in Lockwood Way, E17

The Italians Upstairs was set up by chef Joe during lockdown, cooking and delivering Italian meals to his neighbourhood.  Now, after trading at markets and pop-ups in taprooms, they have taken over the kitchen at the Renegade Urban Winery's large taproom in Lockwood Way, E17, serving for 3 months (May, June & July 2023, Thursdays to Saturdays).

The menu comprises small plates, bar snacks, pasta and desserts, and I tried a few dishes when I visited yesterday; the Burrata, a Pane e Panelle (a street food snack with a fried chick pea fritter in a brioche bun), wild garlic & ricotta pasta, and finishing with the tiramisu.  

All were excellent; if I had to choose favourites it would be the burrata (with a tomato & nduja sauce), and the chick pea fritter.  The burrata was probably the best I have ever had.

It also works incredibly well in the indoor mezzanine restaurant space.  They are literally The Italians Upstairs!  I am told that they have been turning away diners on some evenings, so it's best to book, or find a quiet Saturday lunchtime like I did.

When - Thursdays to Saturdays until August 2023 

Where - Renegade Urban Winery, 7 Lockwood Way, E17 5RB


The Italians Upstairs on Instagram

Renegade Urban Winery on Instagram

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