Trullo is a great Italian restaurant in Highbury & Islington which I have been following on instagram for a while now. Their photos of delicious looking food hooked me in and I booked to go this week with some girlfriends.

My first impression was great. It is lovely and cozy with candles on the table but in a chic and modern way (great place for a date). We immediately tuck into the amazingly warm fresh bread and olive oil while we waited for our friend to arrive.

What really struck me at Trullo was the service. The staff were both amazingly attentive and passionate about the food, ingredients and wine. Our waitress (maybe the owner?) took us through the menu and we immediately got excited about everything just through the passionate way she described each item.

It is a simple menu and everything sounded delicious. We decided to have a starter and main each and then shared a bottle of Sicilian red wine.

Between us we got:
Merinda tomatoes with salt cod and caper dressing
Pappardelle with beef shin ragu
Tagliarini with Exmouth mussels, chilli and garlic
Mozzarella di bufala with slow-cooked tomato sauce chickpeas, aubergine and cavolo neron (x2)
Dexter onglet with baked borlotti beans and salsa verde

It was all so good!! It is presented in a very authentic way. Personally, I think good Italian is about using just a few simple ingredients and making something delicious. Trullo certainly hit the nail on the head!

It was very reasonable priced so we shared a Chocolate and Seville orange tart to finish.

A great night was topped off when we got the bill and I saw £1 had been added to support the charity The Friendship Network. Coincidently I actually volunteer each week with them helping to ease loneliness with the elderly so it was a great thing to see.

Overall I will definitely be back. A nice relaxed vibe for mid-week and great food!

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