Perched on South Bank close to HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge, Tavolino (meaning ‘small table’), is split across two floors with floor-to-ceiling windows providing river views and plenty of natural light. The interiors, meanwhile, take inspiration from classic Milanese coffee bars and the traditional trattorias of Florence.
So, what’s on the menu? Starters include fried mussels with bagna cauda, and burrata fresh from Puglia. Primi plates are largely dough based, with fresh pasta made daily by Korovilas and his team, plus a selection of breads baked in-house by pastry chef Taylor Sessegnon-Shakespeare, who met Korovilas while the pair were working at Pied à Terre.
As is tradition, secondi plates are meat and fish led, with sea bream and beef short rib among the offerings. And you won’t want to leave without dessert – not when Sessegnon-Shakespeare’s balsamic vinegar chocolate mousse and polenta cake with caramelised white chocolate ice cream are a mere order away.
With a hearty Italian menu featuring Bancone-style pasta dishes and sumptuous puds, plus mind-uncluttering views of the River Thames, Tavolino might just have what it takes to give Padella a run for its macaroni.
Tavolino is opening in April
|What||Tavolino, London Bridge|
|Where||Tavolino, Unit 1, Riverside, 2 More London , London , SE1 2DA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|