Cantina Del Ponte

Italian restaurant near Tower Bridge

We absolutely love walking and dining by the river taking in the beautiful London sights. Cantina Del Ponte is a gorgeous Italian restaurant near Tower Bridge with a terrace area for alfresco dining.

Italian restaurant near Tower Bridge

The interior of the restaurant is rustic with a mural of an Italian marketplace and black and white ‘metro’ wall tiles. We were lucky to have sunny evening so it was a no brainer to dine outside. The staff were predominantly Italian and friendly throughout.

The Cocktails

To celebrate the launch of their new Club Aperol terrace, Cantina Del Ponte have a fantastic Aperol and Aperitivo menu. Every Friday-Sunday between 5-30 and 7.30 you can enjoy a complimentary selection of Italian aperitivo with your choice of four spritz cocktails for only £8.50. We absolutely love aperitivo – it warms up the stomach for dinner!

We had a classic Aperol Spritz (always a win) and a mocktail Mojito before dinner. Both were refreshing and light and wonderful to drink outside on a warm evening.

Italian restaurant near Tower Bridge

After dinner we tried the Ponte 75 with Hendricks, lemon juice, rose syrup and prosecco. This was sweeter and had a tang to it – a perfect way to end the meal.

Italian restaurant near Tower Bridge

The Starters

We kicked off with the homemade bread selection (£4) with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The focaccia was just amazing.

We opted for the Calamari Fritti (£8) and Burrata Pomdodori Pachino (from Puglia) with cherry tomatoes and rocket (£8.5).

Italian restaurant near Tower Bridge
Italian restaurant near Tower Bridge

The Calamari rings were crisp, salt and peppery, exactly as we like it. It was a really moreish starter. The burrata was creamy and the cherry tomatoes fresh and light.

The Main Dishes

The main menu is split between pasta & risotto and meat & fish. There is also a Cantina special “served in the pecorino wheel” for two people to share. With homemade tagliatelle, pecorino cheese, pepper and black truffle tossed in the Pecorino wheel, it looked amazing!

However, we opted for the Ravioli Al Funghi Burro E Salvia: ravoli filled with ricotta and mushroom (£15) and the Paccheri con N’duja e burrata (£14.5). The Ravioli was perfectly al dente, tasted fresh and homemade and was filled with a delicious filling. The Paccheri was a winner – the n’duja and burrata combo worked very well. We love the kick that the N’duja gave the dish which mixed well with the creamy soft burrata.

Overall

The views of London make the dining experience at this beautiful Italian restaurant near Tower Bridge extra special. We were impressed that the prices remain affordable for such a beautiful location. They also have a more limited menu offering 2/3 courses for £15/20 including a glass of wine.

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