My first experience of real Italian food was in Tuscany last November when Dan and I spent our anniversary wandering the streets of Florence eating our way through pasta bowls bigger than our head. Italy really does have some of the best food in the world, so finding somewhere that matched that authenticity here in London was a major goal of mine. Well good news for me and you, I may just have just found it in Theo's Simple Italian. A wonderful restaurant just off the busy high street of Earls court in Kensington is a real hidden gem. Created by Theo Randall (a Michelin star and in house chef for Intercontinental hotel in London) just recently opened this Italian restaurant to provide a casual dining experience for lovers of good, fresh, Italian food.
Just before I went to NYC I was kindly invited to test drive the menu and experience a masterclass on how to make the perfect fresh pasta. Boy was it good. First off, Theo and his team were truly lovely and passionate about their menu and made us all feel so welcome, and secondly the food was pretty darn good. I still think about his simple Burrata and tomato salad, and the 'Calamarata allo Scoglio'
(image above ) to this day. All his pasta dishes are perfectly Al Dente, the seafood so fresh and the sauces full of depth and flavour. I especially loved his passion for avoiding waste by using left over products and reinventing them into delicious pre meal snacks or additions to a dish such as his Polenta fries or his pasta crisp snacks.
The dishes we tried were so varied and all in keeping with Italian Cuisine, the salads were simple yet delicious and all the meat dishes were perfectly looked, especially the meatballs which were perfectly blushing pink inside (exactly the same as how they are served in Italy) The batter on the calamari was golden and crispy and the squid well cooked which made me very happy - there is nothing worse than over cooked seafood.
The evening was filled with good wine and good people, oh and also really good craft Italian beer too which I know Dan would have loved. The menu is as simple as the restaurant name suggests and really worth the prices which are reasonable for a good Italian. I plan on recreating some of these recipes using Theo's Simple Italian cookery book, so if you can't make it to the restaurant be sure to check out the book!
*Thank you to Theo's Italian for kindly inviting me to preview this menu complimentary As always my foodie views are honest and true.