Italian food in Shoreditch
Hailing from the Big Mamma Group, Gloria serves up delicious Italian food in Shoreditch. It is designed as a 70’s Capri-style all-day Trattoria which is run by 85 young and passionate Italians!
The restaurant is buzzing with energy from the staff and plenty of customers dining. The majority of their tables are kept for walk ins all day for up to 7 people. If the restaurant is full, you can put your name on the waiting list and Gloria will text you when your table is ready. They also accept bookings for 2-16 people.
You can’t miss the exterior of Gloria with all the greenery surrounding the walls and doors. Inside was a colourful medley of plants, cushions, photos and cosy sofas. It felt like stepping into an Italian family’s home!
Cocktail and Wine Time!
The cocktails are varied and very reasonably priced. We had:
- Limoncello Spritz: Absolut vodka, limoncello Amalfi, Prosecco Cinzano, mango, peach (£7)
- Take the Pisco: Macchu pisco, Italicus bergamot, ginger, ginger-honey mix, cherry liqueur, lemon (£8)
We also loved the sound of the Pink Tonic with Plymouth Gin, Fever Tree tonic, Dragonfruit bitter foam (£9). There are also 3 virgin cocktails on offer between £4.5-5.5. Glasses of wine (125ml) start from £5 and bottles (75cl) from £23.
Italian Food in Shoreditch
The menu changes monthly depending on seasonal produce so keep an eye on the website. It features old Italian classics with many products imported from 180 small producers in Italy.
Brunch dishes are served from 9am with the main menu served from 11.30am. We absolutely loved the San Daniele Ham 19 months (£8) and the Pappa Pomodoro Burrata: a huge 250g burrata di Puglia, filled with homemade pesto and served with pappa al pomodoro (£13). Oh, and the spongey fresh bread was so good. The burrata was one of the best I have had with the delicious pesto.
From the brunch menu we tried the Lampredotto Fiorentino: homemade bun, slow-cooked melting ox cheek, salsa verde Toscana, crunchy chicory, home-made mayonnaise and beef juice dip (£14). The bun was packed with the ox cheek which was tender. It would have been good if there was an accompaniment with the bun – an Italian twist on fries!?
Lastly, we tucked into the Burrata Arrabbiata with hand-made linguine, spicy arrabbiata tomato sauce, creamy burrata heart, extra virgin olive oil (£11). The portion was huge and great value for the price, although I would have preferred a spicier sauce.
Oh, and the sharing carbonara (served in a cheese wheel!) that we saw looked AMAZING.
We finished off with Profiterole napoletana: huge puff pastry, vaniglia gelato, caramelised pecan nuts, warm dark chocolate (£8). This wouldn’t be something I would usually order but we saw it on the table next to us and could not resist. Seriously, what a dessert. We could not put our spoons down after the chocolate was poured over!
Gloria serves great Italian food in Shoreditch in vibrant surroundings with friendly staff. Yes, Gloria is hyped but it is an awesome and original restaurant with reasonable prices.
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