You’ve probably heard about BAO, made famous by their regular Hackney post at Netil Market serving deliciously light, hand-made Taiwanese steamed-milk buns with flavour-packed fillings.
Run by two passionate, food and wine loving Italians Giovani and Luca, Il Cudega offers a superb selection of charcuterie, cheeses and wines imported directly from ‘slow food’ producers in Lombardy.
Rita’s started out as a travelling pop-up, appearing in its first form at Birthdays on Stoke Newington. Now in a permanent location, or permanent as far as we know, Rita’s is located in the heart of Hackney on Mare Street. The menu is an eclectic mix with dishes of South American and Asian influence, but its veins are very much rooted in North American comfort food.
Named after a delicious cured meat, Lardo is an Italian hot spot in the heart of Hackney. Not only is the produce they buy in of the utmost importance, many of their ingredients are made in-house or by small producers, including all their pastas, cheeses such as curds and ricotta and their own range of charcuterie where the pigs and the recipes are exclusive to the restaurant.
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