Enoteca da Luca – Devonshire Square

Enoteca da Luca came recommended – “they do great wines” I was told. Sold.

It’s a small Italian restaurant on Devonshire Square (near Liverpool Street station) with a ‘local’, rustic, family-run feel about it.


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Enoteca da Luca – al fresco dining on Devonshire Square


A small terrace for al fresco dining is popular with City workers on milder days, while inside, the high walls are decorated with wooden shelves, laden with wine bottles and a ladder to reach them. Now that’s my kind of furnishing…


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Kitchen/bar area


On our visit last Friday lunchtime, we were seated by the serving station (close to a collection of bread baskets containing a variety of fresh, tempting breads) and were warmly welcomed by Italian staff who continued to give attentive service without being too in-your-face throughout.

Starting with a bottle of pinot grigio dry white wine @ £25.00 and a bottle of chianti red wine @ £25.00, our group shared three sharing platters: Italian regional cheeses @ £11.00, antipasto (cured meats) @ £13.50 and beef (cured beef with rocket, and Grana Padamo with truffle and thyme oil) @ £11.00, with homemade artisan bread @ £2.80 a basket.

The pappardelle al finocchio rich fennel sausage ragu main course pasta @ £12.50 was a hit (sausage and pasta in a fresh tomato sauce with a sprinkling of parmesan) while other dishes that were well received included crab salad @ £10.50, risotto @ £14.00, and roast pork belly @ £9.50.


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Pappardelle al finocchio – rich fennel sausage ragu


My gnocchi was served last, some time after everyone else’s (our server kept me informed of the delay and apologised, and worked to keep our party happy).

When it did arrive, the gnocchi with beetroot pesto and Cavolo nero @ £14.00 was extremely salty (aesthetically, a lovely presentation with the deep red of beetroot contrasting with the white potato pasta balls and dark green, almost black, cabbage leaves, and pleasingly contrasting textures when eating too). But salt was the overpowering flavour of this dish. And it ruined it.

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Gnocchi in beetroot pesto with dark cabbage, over-salted


Of the eight main dishes ordered, the gnocchi seemed to be the only sub-standard one. Allowing for this exception to what was otherwise a great meal (great service, restaurant comfort and feel, starters, wine, and most main courses) and an altogether pleasing experience, Enoteca da Luca scores 3.5 out of 5 in the LardButty index.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Italian
~ Address: Devonshire Square, London
~ Postcode: EC2M 4RQ
~ Tel: 020 7283 2455
~ e: info@enotecadsq.co.uk
~ Nearest station: Liverpool Street, Aldgate
~ Website + menus: Enoteca da Luca website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Enoteca da Luca food
~ Location: Enoteca de Luca map


RELATED LINKS
More City/East End dining:
~ Asta at Sozai – Japanese
~ Drift Bar – British/international
~ Fora – Mediterranean restaurant, City branch
~ Japanese Canteen – around the City
~ Momo’wich – outstanding Thai + Malaysian
~ Needoo Grill – BYOB Indian grilled meats
~ Poppies – fab fish + chips, East End


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