La Rucoletta in St Pauls ‘s one of my favourite Italian restaurants in London. They don’t serve the richest or most fancy dishes, however they cook with fresh ingredients and in a simple home-made style that is very enjoyable.
Flossy’s rating: ★★★★
The menu is concise, including a couple of standard entrees, four signature pasta dishes, and some thoughtful main courses of fish, lamb or chicken. They also offer a prix fixe three course set menu for £13.99, which consists of the rudimentary Italian dishes such as Caprese salad, spaghetti Napolitana and tiramisu for example, but which all taste very decent. What I love most about La Rucoletta is the atmosphere. It’s a small, discreet little establishment along a quiet near-hidden walkway that you could pass by without noticing. However inside is warm and cosy, and filled with the comforting sounds of people laughing, cutlery clinking on plates, staff conversing in Italian, and the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen. The tables are smallish as it is a small locale, however there is a lot more room than your average London eatery. The wait-staff are very keen and friendly and always make you feel welcomed.
I frequent La Rucoletta often however my last visit was at the end of 2015. La Rucoletta in St Pauls ‘s located very centrally near many famous landmarks including the St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern Gallery and the Thames Walk. I had been in the area visiting the Tate Modern and afterwards having a few cocktails nearby before feeling peckish. This place gets very busy on Thursday and Friday evenings and we were fortunate to get a table without a reservation. We ordered a bottle of Prosecco Spumante Brut Lamberti, which had a fruity and aromatic taste and makes a great accompaniment to pasta. We started with a basket of focaccia and wholemeal fresh breads, which are made in-house, served with olive oil and vinegar. For my meal I ordered one of the signature pasta dishes, the Gnocchi Bufalina, which is a home-made basil gnocchi (potato dumplings) served in a charming little baking dish and cooked in a tomato sauce with mozzarella, basil and a parmesan gratin. The texture of the gnocchi was soft and a little crispy on the edges where the parmesan gratin had been grilled. My partner ordered the main size L’Affettato, a selection of cured Italian meats including prosciutto, mortadella, Napoli salame, schiacciata Calabrese and served with fresh melon, caper berries and sundried tomato. The food was simple, tasty and perfectly hit the spot. The serving sizes were perfect, and there wasn’t a scrap left on our plates. After the main course we ordered two cappuccinos, which were strong and creamy and came served with little home-made biscotti.
Whenever I dine at La Rucoletta the bill is very reasonable, between £20-30 per person with wine. I first discovered the restaurant through a Groupon meal deal, and Rucoletta continue to offer fantastic deals through other voucher companies as well. The value for money here is really excellent and especially considering the gorgeous location by St Paul’s cathedral.
As they claim on their website, La Rucoletta really does feel like a family-run local restaurant in the heart of corporate London. I strongly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys a simple, no-fuss and good Italian meal.
La Rucoletta Restaurant
6 Foster Lane, London, EC2V 6HH
Nearest Tube: St Paul’s