Shoreditch is local to me, so you will sense this is why I go out a lot around these parts. The convenience of hitting up a bar or restaurant after work and not having a major trek to go home, is very appealing.
On one of my few lunch time ventures out of the office, a colleague recommended Bottega Prelibato. Say what? Yes, exactly, in Shoreditch there is a traditional sounding, non-East London trendy Italian restaurant. I have only ever been to Sicily, so cannot bet my life on the fact that this is “traditional” Italian, but it is certainly what I would imagine it to be. The quaint little place is on Rivington Street and the simplistic food was full on. Big in size, simple in ingredients.
I had the tortellini with pear, goats cheese and sage at £11.00, and my colleague had gnocchi with truffle and mushrooms at £11.90. Very reasonably priced when you consider how good it tasted and big the portions where.
The menu is on a blackboard which is quite cute. The service is ok. Our only minor setback was that when the gnocchi arrived, it was cold, but when flagged they had it heated up pronto.
45 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3QB
T. 020 7739 4995