What is House of Peroni?
Since Peroni 'makes things classy', the Italian residency of The House of Peroni: La Piazza at 152 Brick Lane this summer is causing unbridled excitement amongst aspirational Londoners. From the 14 May to 10 June Brick Lane is being transformed into the Italian Piazza, bringing together an exciting new generation of creation from the worlds of Italian food, drink, fashion and art.
The unique House of Peroni pop up bar, London, hosts the best of modern Italian culture – in the heart of Brick Lane.
Guests are invited to experience the extraordinary culinary talent of Michelin starred chef Accursio Craparo, who will be in London for the first time creating mesmerising twists on Italian classics.
Review: Private Dining ★★★★★
Accurso's Michelin-star quality tasting-menu takes full advantage of the Peroni connection. Served upon House of Peroni's spacious and light mezzanine, looking down on house's makeshift piazza, Craparo's menu is crafted to take you through a day in the homestead of Italian social life, the piazza. It's all served up at long sharing tables, with a sense of typical Italian grandeur in the large menus and bright white table settings.
Choose from either the straight food menu or cocktail pairing menu; we'd recommend the latter, enabling you to try award-winning mixologist Simon Caporale's eclectic selection of refreshing Peroni-based cocktails – who would have thought beer would make such a good mixer?
Starting with the 'Svegalia' course (meaning 'Wake Up' in Italian), you're treated to wafer crisp bread with a smooth and buttery olive oil based paté, blended smoothly with tomato and oregano. It's light and goes well with the first accompaniment, a bottle of the Peroni nastro-azzuro.
The menu continues with tuna tartare, which is in fact a sort of tuna slider, the bap cleverly crafted from blended tuna and shrimp, with a thin slice of tuna carpaccio in the centre. This is accompanied by a 'drink infused with the sea' an oyster leaf and bergamot cocktail that continues the refreshing trend.
Each course is served up with a description of a particular time of day in the piazza, immersing diners in the rusticity and camaraderie of Italian life.
Next up comes a hearty soup offering: Macco soft cream of broad beans with roasted octopus and wild fennel. The flavours here are subtle and smooth and served with typical Italian ganache – but it's in the afternoon "Salute!" course where Craparo's cuisine really comes into its own: perfectly aldente Mezzemaniche pasta, served with pan fried aubergine and garnished with a crispy blend of pecorino cheese, tomato and mint. This is unapologetically Italian food at its simplest and most delicious.
Following the pasta comes the winning dish: a succulent Pork fillet in a hazelnut crust with an apricot jus on a bed of baby shoots – and, apparently, coffee, though the flavour's hard to pick out beneath the zesty apricot.
Finally for dessert, an offering of simple eggs-and-soldiers is, in fact, an egg shell filled with a posset of Almond milk, to serve as the egg white, with a passion fruit liquid centre for the yolk, and a pain brioche soldier to side. This is the most gimmicky course on the menu but there's nothing childish about the flavours. Everything is served up with mediterranean elegance, with minimalist portions that leave you full but not uncomfortable.
If you're heading to House of Peroni, we'd more than recommend a stop-in for some private dining. Whilst the tasting menu isn't cheap, it's a sure-fire way to sample not only Italian cuisine direct from Italy, but also to experience the increasingly serious art of mixology, all in the modern surrounds of the House of Peroni's mock piazza.
For a slightly more laid-back experience, hungry East London foodies can simply float through the aromas and tastes of Sicily as The Residency presents a Sicilian street food extravaganza every Friday, with produce from the finest Italian artisanal traders. The Residency’s sunlit terrace provides an ideal setting for a delicious Piadina or a Wild Boar stew; so, House of Peroni summon Londoners to gorge on gorgonzola and feast on foccacio: Italian food in East London has never been better.
The House of Peroni London 2015: What's On?
The House of Peroni is also providing mixology masterclasses led by cocktail magician Simone Caporale, assistant Head Bartender at The Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel. The immersive experience will uncover the intricacies behind molecular mixing; everything from foams and jellies to changing liquids to solids.
Set designer Simon Costin has recreated the aesthetic and bustling atmosphere of the Italian Piazza with typical aplomb, while sculptor Rebecca Louise Law has curated a floral installation akin to the gardens of Xanadu, a blossoming visual extravaganza to match the taste and smell sensations of culinary Italy bombarding you in the Residency.
An immersive Italian adventure, Londoners can eat, drink and be merry in the vein of our Roman cousins, or attend one of the unique events, which are bookable through the website. We can already smell the lemons.
|What||The House of Peroni, Brick Lane|
|Where||House of Peroni, 152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Liverpool Street (underground)|
28 May 15 – 10 Jun 15, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
|Price||£: Free to visit, special events bookable via website|
|Website||Click here to book via The House of Peroni Website.|