To celebrate the anniversary of the French revolution I went to an Italian restaurant; L’Anima run by chef Francesco Mazzei is set in a glossy location near to Liverpool St. As you enter you are struck by the cool and classy colour scheme, very Armani; taupe walls, pristine white linen tablecloths, cream roses, white leather and chrome chairs. The waiting staff wear crisp white shirts with yellow ties. The room buzzes with efficiency, both from the waiters and the clients. The table settings are plain and fine…white porcelain round plates. You can see the kitchen through a series of small windows.
Hi,I’d like to book lunch for two next Tuesday 14th of July (eat Italian not French eh) at 1pm. Is spag vong on the menu by any chance? I’ve heard Francesco Mazzei’s version might almost be as good as mine. I’m bringing an Italian food freak so I hope you guys are up to scratch…loveMsMarmiteloverx
Hi Francesco here
Not sure about the vongole be better then yours but I will be there!
Look forward to meet you.
“No problem, we make it for you”.
Marghe and I looked at each other
“Just for us?”
“Perfect” pronounced Marghe “this is how I like it”.
Francesco explained: “when I saw your friend was Italian I thought I’d cook it as the Italians like it.”
However pasta continues to cook even on the plate (many people don’t realise this) and towards the end it was perfect even for this Englishwoman (whose great grandparents were Italian).
“The secret is to use 00 flour “ said Francesco.
“Is your wife Italian?” I asked.
“No. She’s Sicilian” he zipped back.
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