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Introducing Il Cudega – Traditional Lombardian cuisine in the heart of London Fields

Thu 9th Nov

Urrà! We’re super excited to announce that Italian deli and restaurant, Il Cudega, will be joining Dish.

Like us at Dish, owners Luca and Giovanni are passionate about bringing people back into restaurants to discover new cuisines and cultures. They crowd-funded il Cudega in 2014 and have been serving up authentic Lombardian food to fellow Londoners since.

Located in the arches of London Fields station (seconds away from Hackney hotspot, Netil Market), Il Cudega couldn’t be further from the rolling hills and sun-drenched vistas of Lombardy, the restaurant’s culinary homeland. But with just one mouthful (of the Cotoletta alla Milanese, preferably… more on that below), you’re transported to the North of Italy; alongside a lot of hipsters, admittedly.

Cuisine:  Lombardian (Northern Italian)

Location: London Fields (E8)

Vibe:  Cosy, modern yet traditional

Dish of the Day: Cotoletta alla Milanese (Veal Milanese)

Menu: http://www.ilcudega.com/menu-italian-food/\

The food

On arrival, we were seated by restaurant manager-cum-wine-guru, Marco, beside the dangerously inviting deli, boasting umpteen different types of cheese and charcuterie. With the all-important wine decision left in the hands of the expert, we were able to pore over the menu longingly, before receiving assistance from Il Cudega’s owner, Giovanni Brighi, on the dishes we couldn’t miss.

Fantasic Aubergine Parmigiana 

In a bid to escape London’s biting cold winds, we opted for the Pizzoccheri Valtellinesi (buckwheat pasta, cheeses, chard and cabbage, which roughly translates as ‘humongous hug in a bowl’ in English) and Ravioli zucca Manovani burro e salvia (lots of butter, lots of smiles) to start, followed by the aforementioned veal and a portion of the Parmigiana di melanazane. It’s worth mentioning that the menu is refreshed fairly regularly, but the veal, served simply with a wedge of lemon, is an unmissable staple.

Cotoletta alla Milanese

The mahoosive Cotoletta alla Milanese

The verdict

Il Cudega’s heart lies in its comforting flavours, which are best enjoyed with a bottle of Lombardy’s finest. Whether you’re looking for an alternative to the British Sunday roast, or simply a spot to sample a variety of new wines and cheeses, this fabulous eatery takes you all the way to the Med, without the use of your passport.  

P.S check out this video of Luca and Gio appearing on the ‘Hairy Bikers’ BBC show and giving away their secrets on how to create the perfect Risotto!

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Words by  Harriet