I got word that an Italian favourite with the locals is Enoteca Rabezzana. Tucked away just behind Smithfield market, they've just launched their new menu so I thought I ought to go and take it for a spin. Not forgetting to take my new bag along for the ride as well. [Told you, obsessed.]
My beautiful Italian friend joined me which seemed highly appropriate as she's obviously an expert, not to mention she ordered for us, sounding so exotic as she spoke to the waitress in Italian. It's a language I really want to learn, particularly considering my grandfather was Italian.
As she told me "enoteca" actually means a place specialising in wine. You can see that it's definitely true here. There are hundreds of bottles lining all the walls.
We went for a Gewürztraminer from her region in Northern Italy. I first tried this kind of wine on a wine tour in New Zealand. It's really an intriguing flavour that doesn't taste like anything else. Almost sweet but yet not. It's mellow with a slight tang. Try it!
We ordered an assortment of dishes to share. All were delightful. From bread, cheeses and meats to tuna carpaccio with figs and a pear salad. Also, I'm now an aficionado at putting honey on my parmesan; it's the Italian way. Try it, it's incredible.
We also had the day's special; home made pasta with truffles. It was beautiful. You really can't beat home made pasta.
So simple. So delicious. Make sure you stop by. 5/5
Where: 62-63 Long Lane, Barbican EC1A 9EJ