Top-notch southern Italian cuisine in a modern glass-sided shoe box of a restaurant characterizes the lively business-heavy dining scene here near Bishopsgate. Wavy-haired Italian chef Francesco Mazzei draws inspiration from Sicily, Puglia, Sardinia, and Calabria and prowls the modern high-ceilinged bar, floor and clear-fronted kitchen like the proud owner he is. With its clean lines, soft music, and distinctive white leather seats, you'll find fresh, simple, and restrained
Italian dishes like wild mushroom and black truffle tagliolini and Sardian fish stew, or incredible crispy fish strips that have been soaked in milk and dipped in double-zero flour. The baccala salt cod with n'duja crimson-colored Calabrian sausage is awesome, too. Well crafted desserts, like ricotta mousse with spicy figs, are bellissimo, and the winning wine list is mostly Italian.