loti eats | radici

After a big refurb, D&D’s Almeida restaurant which sat opposite the theatre of the same name for 15 years, has now reopened as Radici. With Francesco Mazzei, who’s also in charge at D&D’s Sartoria in Mayfair, the new restaurant has been given a complete redesign and the menu is now a strictly Italian affair.

We weren’t bowled over by Sartoria but Radici is an absolute winner and perfect for the Islington neighbourhood. Here Mazzei has kept things nice and simple with a menu of fresh pastas, pizzas and some killer sides.

Starting with those sides, a MUST order is the zucchini fritti, the thinnest, crispiest strands of courgette which arrive bursting out of the bowl. The tomato and onion salad was a thing of simple beauty too, one of the best we’ve had in London and we love a tomato salad.

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We didn’t get to try the pizzas (they looked amazing though) but we can attest to the quality of the fresh pastas, our favourite being the seafood fettuccine topped with mussels, squid, and scallops. From the antipasti, we loved the burrata, broccoli and salty anchovy, and the spicy meatballs in a tomato sauce. To finish all that off we went for a banging bergamot baba.

Radici is already one of our fave spots in Islington so if you’re in the hood soon we recommend checking it out.

30 Almeida Street, London, N1 1AD