I visited the new branch of Macellaio on Northcote Road in Battersea, around a 15 minute walk from Clapham Junction.
Macellaio specialise in good Italian beef that is butchered and dry-aged in house (yes there is actually meat hanging up on the wall in the entrance!). The meat is sliced in the restaurant and the cut presented to you before it is cooked.
To start with we had an aperol spritz as an apertif which was only £4.50 in happy hour (until 8pm) – bargain!
We were then given a complimentary appetizer of bresaola and gorgonzola with some bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar (as I like to call it – I made a dipping station!). We then opted for the Prosciutto Crudo hand carved with burrata, which was just delicious.
I couldn’t visit Macellaio and not try the meat so I chose the Rump Steak served with rocket and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano with a side of chips. Well cooked and seasoned and good value for the quality (£18 including the side). My friend (a veggie) still had some decent choices for mains and chose the Trenette served with homemade Ligurian pesto, potatoes and green beans. It was actually SO tasty and only £8 – another bargain.
What goes well with meat? Wine! They have over 100 wines in stock, including a good proportion from Italy’s many regions.
The staff were lovely and accommodating, which made our visit even better. There was a bit of a long gap between the starters and mains but it was quite busy so nothing too much to worry about.
The other branches are in South Kensington, Exmouth Market and Union Street. Worth a visit!