Review: The Italian Job Notting Hill – Italian craft beer, food and cocktails in W11

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The popularity of craft beer in the capital shows no sign of waning any time soon; and if you throw in a decent menu and a chichi neighbourhood, you almost certainly have a good proportion of the ingredients needed for a venue with legs.

This was probably the thinking behind the recent opening of the Italian Job Notting Hill, the latest venture from the team behind the UK’s first ever Italian craft beer pub, the homonymously named hangout in Chiswick.

The venue, which they acquired after raising 400k with an online fundraiser, is situated on the once infamous All Saints Road and used to be home to popular local pub The Pelican. This latest incarnation sees it transform into something sleeker and more upmarket, in keeping with the continuing gentrification of the area.

Downstairs, the stripped wood flooring, blue and white geometric-print bar and globe pendant lighting make for an airy, relaxed atmosphere. A vast and constantly changing selection of craft beers, several of them from their house microbrewery Birrificio Del Ducato are on offer, along with a decent selection of wines and a barfood menu consisting of Italian light bites, cold meat platters and succulent gourmet burgers using meat supplied by contemporary English butchers Wyndam House.

Those looking for more of a restaurant experience can head up to the first floor where they’ll find a slightly more formal set up, with a substantial menu offering Italian favourites such as handmade pasta, squid-ink gnocchi, Fiorentina steak and baked red mullet with Sicilian caponata. Among the starters we tried, the arancina were enjoyable and the roast octopus rich and tender but it was the prawns in filo pastry that really stood out for us: impossibly light and delicate with just a hint of basil, served with a paprika mayo. They haven’t scrimped on desserts, either: try the birramisu (tiramisu made with beer, surprisingly good) or the cannolo siciliano, a traditional Sicilian pastry with a ricotta filling.

Upstairs is also home to Salotto ‘900, a speakeasy style bar with an extensive cocktail menu, created by master mixologist Luca Corradini: try The Inventor, a fusion of Plantation 3 Star Rum, Mirto Myrtle Liqueur and Amaro Isolabella; or The Botanico, which mixes Tanqueray Gin with Pine liqueur.

The Italian job is open Monday to Thursday from 5pm, Friday from 12pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am for brunch.

The Italian Job
45 All Saints Road
W11 1HE
www.theitalianjobpub.co.uk

Written by Saga Lynd

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