Last few days of Italian food and drink pop-up in Brick Lane.
There are few places as warm and welcoming as an Italian family home, which is why you’re likely to find pleasure in grabbing a drink and a bite to eat at the House of Peroni before its ‘Vita all’interno’ (‘a life lived inside’) residency is up.
Among the set of themed rooms and spaces is a bar featuring a stunning autumnal paper installation by artist Francesca Signori and a large laundry-come-dining room complete with stacks of washing machines and overhanging clothes lines full of billowing clean sheets. It is here where you can enjoy the comforting Sicilian-inspired aperitivo menu created by Michelin-starred chef Accursio Craparo and Peroni Nastro Azzurro-infused cocktails dreamed up by the Langham Hotel’s mixologist Simone Caporale.
The food is made for sharing so small plates (£4 each) are in order. The beef meatballs with potato puree is a beautifully simple dish – there’s no sauce to mask the flavour, just pure, quality meat. The Sicilian pizza is just as unfussy, with pecorino cheese, tomato, onion, oregano and anchovies for a hint of saltiness. And don’t leave without trying the warming meat ragu and pea rice arancino.
You won’t go thirsty either, Peroni will see to that. The cocktail menu (£6-£8) is laid out in a ‘flavour wheel’ of sorts for ease of choice, so if you were after a fruity concoction, Winter Garden (Peroni Nastro Azzurro, brandy, lemon, apple and falernum), served hot in a cup, is the best choice. Alternatively, the bitter-sweet Negroni Autunno (mandarin juice, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Campari and Martini Rosso) makes for a nice, light twist on the classic Negroni.
If you have time to explore the other rooms, do purchase a key that will allow you to do so – one room rewards you with a dreamy cocktail made from candyfloss. Brilliant.
Runs until 25 November 2015.
The House of Peroni, 152 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU