To end mine and Chris' perfect day in London, we went for dinner at 'Pescheria Mattiucci' in Notting Hill from the high recommendation from Rose over at 'The Londoner'.
I must admit, I don't think this would be a place that I would normally go in if I was just walking by, but I'm so glad that we did. As soon as we walked through the door, we were greeted with a big welcome and shown to our seats (Chris had made a reservation earlier in the week).
Our table was formed of two old fashioned school desks sat next to each other, this was different, but looking forward to the ever increasing experience we hopped on up and made ourselves comfy.
Our waitress handed us our menus (on clipboards) and talked us through the 'fish of the day' and our wine choices. We are not big white wine drinkers and a chilled red wine was suggested (all part of the experience as I normally drink red wine at room temperature).
We also let our waitress suggest our food for the evening, we started off with the 'Crudo'; a raw fish dish dressed with olive oil, sea salt and citrus juice, served with bread. This was an amazing dish and the Tuna was to die for!
Next we moved on to three smaller dishes, the Octopus was amazing and I could of eaten
that all night.
We shared a main meal of white fish with a tomato sauce.
To end the evening we shared an amazing cake from Trapani in Sicily, the delicious 'Cassata' was an amazing and very sweet way to finish our meal.
As we sat in our high up chairs, we could see the whole length of the restaurant. I could only describe this place as a 'superhero'. In the hours of light this place is an amazing fish mongers, that sells the freshest seafood from Italy. By the hours of dark, it changes its clothes (in a phone box fashion) into the small and ever so friendly restaurant. The fish that isn't sold in the day is cooked to the most amazing tasting fish I have ever had.
The walls were covered in a mix mash of photos, art and hand drawn images and the bathroom transformed into something from the 1950's (you need to eat here to see for your self).
The restaurant was full and to add to the whole experience, friends of the owners came in for a bite and everyone spoke Italian, loud, fluent and with lots of laughter.
We had, what only can be described as an unforgettable evening! We left feeling a little tipsy and making plans to go again. If you have the chance, you need to go here, just to experience a taste of Italy right on your UK doorstep.
Pescheria Mattiucci have a website or you can call them on: 020 7229 3400