Antico, Bermondsey Street/Southwark, London
A new Italian place on the corner of Bermondsey Street and Long Lane, past Pizzaro.
Excellent burrata, very soft and sticky on the inside, the texture of dense clotted cream, but probably richer and fuller in its creamy flavour than most clotted creams I've had recently. Thin firm slices of ham, lightly pink, savoury and salty, make for a good contrast with that rich creamy flavour, integrating well with sharp, slightly nutty rocket.
Pork tortelli had very good texture on the pasta -- tender, but with a soft blunt al dente snap at the end of each bite. Filling was indulgently porky and appropriately balanced in quantity with the pasta. Classic sage and butter, enrich and elaborate on the pork flavour.
A similar texture ion the papardelle, served with a basic and solid beef ragu.
Both pasti enjoyable with an unassuming medium bodied Montipuliciano de Abruzzo.
Very smooth espresso gelato, with a soft texture reminiscent of the versions at La Gelatiera, perhaps even slightly softer. Good flavour.
Website here: http://www.antico-london.co.uk/
They also seem to have a lounge in the basement, with a smaller bar-sized bites..