0.5 miles
13 Mitre Street, City, Central London, EC3A 5HN
Just off Aldgate near Liverpool Street Station, Adriatico lies in the steel and glass shadow of 30 St Mary Axe, otherwise known as The Gherkin. Offering classic Italian food of the highest order, it is at its busiest during the week around 1pm, when it buzzes with city workers. Begin a more relaxed affair later in the afternoon at the street-level bar. Bright and airy, with a wide selection of drinks to choose from, it is smart and tranquil and offers a tapas-style snack and sharing menu for grazing. After a drink or two, move downstairs to enjoy the chic dining area.

The staff are friendly, attentive and efficient, and helpfully talked me through the wine list, which offers good value as well as quality. I opted for the Castello della Sala Bramito del Cervo 2009 Chardonnay, which was crisp and cool, teasing the palate with a rich and refreshing fruitiness. This was perfectly paired with my starter, the burrata mozzarella. With a sprinkling of sun-dried tomatoes bursting with a sharp sweetness and peppery fresh rocket, the mozzarella was creamy and buttery, and probably the finest quality you'll find this side of Campania.

The pizza served here is renowned locally for its authenticity, and rightly so. The Adriatico pizza brings together some classic Italian ingredients, with each element being of premium quality, from the Parma ham to the rocket, the olive oil and the flour. The result is a resplendent medley of flavours, with more pizza than one person can finish. Yet Adriatico is by no means restricted to pizza - my delicious roast pork dish offered cuts of pork belly rolled up with small sprigs of thyme. Crunchy crackling, soft mashed potato and chilled fresh apple sauce were the perfect accompaniments to the tender meat, and the result was a fabulous, hearty dish. Adriatico is a great choice for a quick lunch or a relaxed and indulgent three-course meal; it offers authentic delicious food with friendly, helpful service - a definite must for connoisseurs of Italian cuisine. From September 2010 Adriatico are changing their concept to create an Italian aperitivo tapas-style venue - what more could you want?
Open: Mon-Fri noon-4pm (Food Served until 3.30pm)

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