The restaurant: Enoteca Rabezzana 62-63 Long Ln, London EC1A 9EJ
Wine bar and kitchen Enoteca Rabezanna offers a friendly and warm atmosphere to graze on small plates and wash them down with fine Italian wines.
What’s it about?
Enoteca Rabezzana is an authentic Italian place that serves up tapas-style plates and larger dishes. While many wine bars can seem intimidating, Enoteca Rabezanna is warm and welcoming. You can take a table or sit up to the bar; it feels as much of a place to drink wine as it does to have a quiet dinner. The restaurant is always busy, so be sure to book as walk-ins do risk being turned away.
What’s on the menu?
Enjoy an evening of wine and charcuterie, dine out on small plates, or pump for a larger pasta dish or a full-on rump steak. The food menu is divided into charcuterie, small plates, pasta, and fish and meat. Everything is very much classic Italian, with the ingredients sourced from independent farms in Italy, as well as UK suppliers.
What did we eat?
Firm grilled octopus had a smokey flavour and balanced brilliantly on smoked borlotti beans. A hefty and flavoursome burrata on a bed of cherry tomatoes didn’t ooze in the gooey Instastory-worthy way we expected, but smearing it onto homemade bread was a highlight. Cooked-for-hours ox cheek was tender and served beside a delicious creamy chestnut sauce. For dessert, panna cotta jiggled with lashes of raspberry sauce, its creamy smooth texture broken by crumbs of chocolate brownie. A swirl of classic vanilla cheesecake moulded itself to the inside of a martini glass, punctuated with shards of chocolate, topped with crumbed pistachio and yet more hard chocolate brownie crumbs.
What should you drink?
Eight wines come by the glass. They’re up on the board and change often. Everything on the menu is by the bottle and the wine list is very long. In fact, there’s over 100 wines available, and the list draws heavily on the wine history of the Piedmont region. You’ll pick up the classics, including Prosecco, Chianti and Nero d’Avola, as well as some very fine Italian wines. My favourite, a deep red and fruity Venetian Aldegheri Dindarella wine, really brought out the meaty flavour of the ox cheek.
To book, visit Rabezzana.co.uk or call 020 7600 0266