Paesan takes a more traditional slant on Italian food to most places you’ll find in London. And by this we mean that you can take an Italian there and watch as they eat everything put in front of them without complaining once. Paesan’s approach is all about small plates from different parts of Italy - think arancini from Sicily, and burrata by way of Puglia - served with deliciously moreish fresh bread. Or, if you prefer, order one big main portion of the slow cooked, braised beef shin pappardelle instead.
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The Coach is a beautifully renovated pub near Farringdon. It’s a great place for a drink, but the French bistro food is fairly average.
The Eagle is a popular Clerkenwell gastropub with a famous steak sandwich, and generally excellent food across the board.
Cocktail Lounge at the Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
Zetter Bar is a nice hotel bar in Clerkenwell. It’s great for a strong drink (or three), and is the antithesis of a bawdy night at the local pub.
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Stampa is a straightforward Italian café and restaurant serving good quality and low cost handmade pasta and paninis.
Terroni of Clerkenwell
Terroni is an old-school Italian deli in Clerkenwell. It also has a café serving quick, no frills food to eat in and to takeaway.
Martello Hall is an great bar-meets-pizza restaurant on Mare Street in Hackney. Bring your mates at the weekend, or visit it late night.
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