Fornata

Mimi ON Sep 26, 2012 AT 10:30 am

Fornata is a cracking little restaurant tucked away on Kingly Street in Soho. It serves up delicious Southern Italian food at awesome prices. Lots of the dishes are cooked in a brick oven and as a result they have perfected the art of baking – the dough around the mozzarella carrozza was some of the best bread I have ever eaten. It was slightly chewy, a little salty and wonderfully charred from the oven.

Fornata

I met my cousin for lunch and we had a really good graze through the menu. To start we shared a plate of superb mozzarella carrozza (£3.50) – milky soft mozzarella wrapped in dough, baked and drizzled with rosemary oil. Then we had beef carpaccio (£7.50) that was served with a strong mustard dressing and shavings of Parmesan. I really enjoyed the dressing, but for some it might be a tad overpowering.

For our mains we had the seafood risotto (£10.50), which was brimming with juicy mussels and squid; tender roast pork in a really fragrant herby oil (£9.50); and baked meatballs – calzone con polpettine e mozzarella (£7.50), aka the best thing ever. This amazing creation was a meatball with mozzarella and a classic tomato sauce, all wrapped up together in their fantastic dough, and baked in the oven. The meat was tender and juicy and the mozzarella oozed out as you bit into it. This is worth going back for every day of the week.

Fornata, 15 Kingly Street  London, Greater London W1B 5PS020 8181 8887,  www.fornata.com

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