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Circolo Popolare

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Food and Drink


Circolo Popolare

40-41 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HX

Pastas served out of enormous hollowed-out wheels of cheese, metre-long pizzas, 1L sundaes and all in a dining room adorned with a rainforest of plants and more than 20,000 bottles of spirits. Others have tried their hand at injecting Italian cuisine with the excess and spectacle of an ancient Roman feast. None quite so successfully, though, as Paris’ beloved Big Mamma group whose UK first, Gloria, just might have been the hottest London restaurant opening this year. The reason it works so well is because the food is actually excellent – if Gloria was loosely inspired by the Amalfi coast in the seventies, Circolo “will bring Sicilian coast sunshine to the heart of Fitzrovia”. Come for sumptuous little pork skewers all'arrabbiata roasted over an open Sicilian grill or folded sheets of sfoglia pasta smothered in tomato and aubergine.

Flower Power © Lateef Okunnu

Dessert Island © Lateef Okunnu

Sfoglia al ragu © Lateef Okunnu


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