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Rossella Kentish Town

I seem to be getting invitations to some great Italian restaurants at the moment.  The great thing is that they are in a range of locations so it allows my fellow London based foodies to have a good chance of being located near at least one of them.  One of my recent invitations was to an Italian Restaurant called Rossella.  Rossella is located in Kentish Town and is a traditional family run Trattoria (Italian style eating place).  The food is inspired by the family’s Southern Italian origins, they they believe they have brought a slice of Italian life right to the heart of Kentish Town.

The owner Luca of the restaurant and his staff were extremely warm and welcoming as one might expect from those of traditional Mediterranean origins.  He explained to me that his father also had Italian restaurants in East London and that this family business originally started many years ago in Southern Italy and their passion for food has passed from one generation to the next.

Luca seemed to share my love of food which was fantastic.  He explained how he began by working his way up, beginning as a waiter, then moving on to washing up.  Once Luca’s father Luigi believed he had the basics covered he was then allowed into the kitchen.  It was not long after he was allowed into his father’s kitchen that it was clear he had a natural talent and he hasn’t looked back since.  He opened his restaurant at the age of 19 and now at the age of 22 has big plans including a refurbishment in the coming year,  plans to open a second restaurant of his own, hopefully on my doorstep and also just as exciting – his own recipe book!!!

The family members still in Italy make the olive oil, wine, grappa, meloncello and lemoncello that are used in the restaurant.  The other ingredients used are locally sourced and everything was extremely fresh as apparent on tasting the dishes which I am sure you are all by now excited to hear about.

The restaurant was relaxed and cosy and the service was fast which was good as I have been stepping up with the power walks so I was in a word ravenous!  Now looking at the menu which was pretty varied (meat, pizza, pasta, fish) I found myself stuck as to what to order as I liked a number of dishes.  I managed to whittle it down to three things until I saw other dishes come out from the kitchen that looked so good I had to start again.  Eventually and I mean after a pretty considerable length of time I had decided.  I will add they also have daily specials to choose from which added to my difficulty in deciding.


Melanzane Parmigianna (from specials board)

Baked aubergine and Parmesan in a rich tomato sauce.

This was a great size portion for a starter as it wasn’t too filling so you got to enjoy the full flavour of the dish as there was a good amount. The combination of the fresh ingredients help give this a gorgeous rich flavour and the cheese is nice and gooey and stretches as you lift the spoon / fork.  I do love this dish it has to be one of my favourites and it is best made using fresh tomatoes as it really can influence the flavour.  On trying this dish I noticed straight away the intensity of flavours which could only mean one thing – fresh, ripe ingredients!!!!  This I was pleased to find was perfectly seasoned, something that not all chefs seem capable of doing in my experience.

Avocado Gratinato

Avocado with smoked pancetta, basic and a creamy bechamel, mozzarella and Parmesan sauce baked in the oven.

Now having really struggled to decide between this and the Melanzane Parmigianna I was grateful when my plus one automatically said she wanted to try this.  I hadn’t ever tried this dish before and I must say it was pretty delicious.  I do love bake avocado it’s a must try for those that have yet to try it.  The combination of ingredients in this dish combine well to give a flavourful dish with a smokey, salty, cheesy creaminess which is one that I hope to recreate at home and if I can’t option two is to kidnap the chef for a cookery lesson.


Stinko Di Angelo (Lamb Shank – from specials board )

This combines a whole mix of flavours, textures and nutrients.  You get a beautifully creamy garlicky mash which contrasts with the al dente vegetables and the juicy, tender lamb that has been cooked perfectly so that it falls of the bone.  The gravy adds to it a richness of flavour and I know that all my friends would have not thought twice about ordering this if given the opportunity.  The rosemary brings with it a gorgeous flavour that compliments the dish.

Filetto Di Manzo

Chargrilled steak in a brandy and peppercorn sauce, with sauteed potatoes and chargrilled zucchini.

Now I won’t tell you how long it took me to decide on this dish as it’s embarrassing but once I took my bite bite it I knew it was the perfect choice.  I do love fillet steak with peppercorn sauce my problem is that many restaurants can’t get it right, they either overcook the steak, use a piece of fillet riddled with thick pieces of fat which I hate or mess up the sauce.  This surpassed my expectations.  I think that this has to be the best version of this dish I have ever had other than my own and for that I was extremely thankful and relieved.  My husband wouldn’t have complained had I brought him with me. He normally states when he has steak in a restaurant “it’s not as good as yours” but in this case I am sure he would have been impressed too.  The sauteed potatoes had a lovely crisp outer and soft fluffy inner and the zucchini was perfectly cooked.  The sauce which coated the dish was divine and the peppercorns were not at all overpowering, the quantity was just right.  The price of the dish was extremely good for the size of steak and it was perfectly cooked to my request (medium rare).  I don’t know any other restaurant that serves such a great portion size for £13.50 – no that isn’t a typo it is really that well priced!

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I had learnt my lesson after visiting Sutton & Sons (not the same plus one) and we both ordered our own dessert let’s be honest who in their right mind would want to share a homemade


Tiramisu with Tia Maria, Amaretto and a scoop of Stracciatella gelato.

This was delicious.  I don’t want to make you too jealous so will just go on to say the layering of cream and sponge was well balanced and the alcohol was not overpowering although you definitely know it’s there.  The ice cream went fabulously well and I loved that it came with a small pot of coffee that you can pour over.

With my dessert I had a little of the meloncello and lemoncello.  Both were gorgeous and I couldn’t resist buying two bottles of the meloncello one for me and one for my dad  – he’s almost finished his already so of course I’m going to need to go back for more soon and whilst I’m there I might also have a meal, well it would be rude not to!

I really did enjoy the meal here.  Luca was great as he is so passionate about food and I do love to meet a fellow foodie as obsessed as I am.  The food was all well presented and prices for the area are more than reasonable.  The restaurant is cosy and great for  a romantic evening, a meal with friends and of course passionate foodies that enjoy good quality.  The restaurant does need a bit of a lift in it’s appearance but do not let that dissuade you from going as you will be missing out on some of the best food I have ever tried.  As I mentioned a refurb is on the books!  I should add I have eaten in many restaurants around the world – unfortunately well before I started blogging so I am unable to share them with you but who knows what opportunities may arise in the future.

My poor friend was subjected to me trying to decide what I was going to have on my next visit on our journey home as of course there WILL be a next visit the food was that good.

What’s your favourite Italian dish?

 We were guests of Rossella and would love to thank them for a lovely evening.

All views are my own as always.

This Post Has 68 Comments

  1. wow! What an amazing looking meal. That desert is just the sort of thing I like!!

  2. The food looks delicious!

  3. This food looks beautiful and delicious, if I’m ever in the area I wouldn’t hesitate to visit!

  4. Oh wow I love Italian food and can never resist Tiramisu! This all looks amazing

  5. How lovely that you get invited to so many amazing places. I like that he opened his first place up when he was only 19 and that many of the ingredients are locally sourced x x

  6. I am Greek but of Italian heritage and it shows in my taste of food. I would love to taste whatever this restaurant is dishing, they seem delicious!

  7. Oh wow, all the dish looks so delicious ! I really like the first one with avocado and cheese baked. Would love to try in someday!

  8. Wow this food looks lush! Loving that delicious looking dessert – yummy! 🙂 x

  9. I ALWAYS order lamb shank if its on the menu, it’s my absolute favourite!

    1. This one was really good, there was so much flavour!

  10. Food looks amazing <3 looks a great place to visit for a meal out 🙂

  11. It looks like a good restuarant. I’ve never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing

  12. The food looks yum. Wish I could taste it. I like restaurants with fast service too. Don’t like sitting and watching others eat. Lol.

    1. The level of service and speed was great here 😉

  13. It looks like you had a lovely meal! I’m italian and never seen or tasted something like the avocado gratinato, but it does sound a brilliant idea.

    1. It’s fabulous, not what I expected from an Italia restaurant but something you simply must try.

  14. that lamb looks amazing, I do like meltingly soft slowly cooked meat that is just falling off the bone.

    Rossella’s looks a great find – I do like a good family run restaurant.

    1. They do serve great food. It’s nice to find restaurants like this one.

  15. The food looks great – particularly the tiramisu. I love the sound of the meloncello. I’ve never had that before, but I’d love to!

    1. The tiramisu was fantastic. OMG really you must try their meloncello it’s gorgeous x

  16. wow, these pics are really good and the desert is making me hungry now haha 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Not a problem, it fits in perfectly as it’s a super fab find!

  17. I love Italian and this place looks awesome, going to have to visit

    1. Yo are going to love it!

  18. those are mouth-watering foods!! Rossella seems to be a must visit restaurant.

    1. It sure is I recommended them to a lady when I was shopping about an hour ago. Random I know but we were talking about food so I thought why not.

  19. The food looks perfectly done and beautifully prepared. Who would not feel good about that. I would love to taste it as well.

    1. We really did enjoy this. I saw my friend who was my plus one at this restaurant review yesterday and we are both looking forward to our next visit!

  20. Oh wow the food looks amazing! I love Kentish Town and we often stay in that area when we are in London – going to keep this place in mind next time we are near. Love Italian food

    Laura x

    1. That’s great to hear Laura I hope you get to visit as the food was great!

  21. Everything looks so good, I would definitely order the Melanzane Parmigiana! The fact they source so many of their ingredients from family members still in Italy is amazing!

    1. That was what I had ordered and I can easily say it was a great choice!!! I know it really does add to giving the food great flavour.

  22. The avocado dish sounds wonderful and that’s just the kind of thing I would order.

    1. It was really good, we both loved it.

  23. I love discovering new places to eat in London and Italian is probably my favourite type of food – thanks for sharing! x

    1. No problem Stephanie. I have featured a number of Italian restaurants that you might like which is handy.

  24. Italian foods are some of my favorite foods. And all these plates look so good that it would be hard for me to choose just one.

    1. You should have seen me in the restaurant trying to choose, as a new dish came out I wanted it 😉

  25. I can never say no to food this good! The place is definitely worth going to especially after seeing all the good food, from starters to the dessert!

    1. I am hoping to arrange another visit hopefully soon. May need to step up my power walks though lol.

  26. I know you said you didn’t want to inspire too much jealousy, but too late: you have! What gorgeous dishes. Thanks for the review!

    1. Lol, opsy. They do look fantastic don’t they each was perfectly cooked and tasted delicious x

  27. We love Italian food and are spoiled to have a neighbour from Italy who’s a great cook! I’ll have to ask her about Filetto Di Manzo, as well as Mains .. they both look so good!

    1. They were very good and very well priced.

  28. The starters both look amazing, I’d definitely choose those! I’m back down south now too, so I could maybe even hit this restaurant up, when I next head out into London x

    1. I can honestly say you won’t regret it, enjoy.

  29. I think that I would be full only after the starters (that look fabulous!). I remember when in Italy they were serving us two dishes of a smaller portion (well together it was more than enough for me) and I always loved more the “starter”, which was usually pasta.

    1. The starters were lovey and I would think two would make a nice albeit very light meal but you couldn’t skip dessert as that tiramisu was really nice 😉

  30. I have Italian heritage from my dad’s side of the family and we love Italian food. As I’m wheat free and vegetarian, I usually go for risotto 🙂

    1. Aaahhhh I am sure I saw a risotto on the menu although I am sure they would b willing to cater for dietary requirements at the really ave very helpful there.

  31. I’ve not been to this area before, despite living in London. This place looks great to eat at!

    1. It really is. I want to try either a pizza or pasta next time – I still can’t decided lol.

  32. oh my that lamb shank looks amazing!! I love good food and this looks great!

    1. It does doesn’t it. It was so soft and full of flavour you’d have loved it!

  33. I’m 75% Italian and Italian food is my favorite! I’m not used to seeing avocado at Italian restaurants.

    1. To be honest we enjoyed the dish so much we really didn’t care. It must have been an Italian inspired creation.

  34. Oh wow! This restaurant Looks and sounds wonderful. I come to London often and it’s Always good to hear of new places to try!

    1. You will love this Tanya. Luca the owner is very passionate about his food which is great and you really can tell from the food.

  35. Awwh I’m loving your Italian restaurant reviews!! This place sounds awesome and the food looks incredible!!I’m Italian myself so I’m very picky when it comes to Italian restaurants but this place looks like it knows what they are doing!! My fave Italian dish I think would have to be… There are too many for me to even make the choice!! Great review!!

    1. Lol thanks Francesca. I seem to be doing quite a few Italian restaurants and they have all be lovely yet different which is great!

  36. What am amazing guy owning a restaurant at such a young age. I’m glad you really enjoyed all of the food. It’s nice to go out and be surprised 🙂

    1. I know he is doing a wonderful job I must say!

  37. Everything looks delicious and it looks a great place to visit, I want to go and visit someday.

    1. It was all very good. I would suggest popping in when you get a chance.

  38. I don’t often go Italian restaurants, but the main course and the desserts here look amazing 🙂

    1. The food here is really good and there is a nice range of options too.

  39. Wow! This place sounds so good! The food looks amazing! Xo

    1. It is a great restaurant with a nice mix of dishes 😉

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