By Laura Nickoll
You’ll know you’re at one of London’s best neighbourhood Italian restaurants when you catch sight of Lardo’s bedazzling, mirror-tiled, wood-burning oven, made by the co-owner’s father, which glints at you through the large warehouse-style windows from the open kitchen. Imaginative, season-led antipasti, pizza and pasta wins this friendly Hackney set-up myriad plaudits, as does their house-cured charcuterie, notably the eponymous lardo (cured fat from rare-breed pigs) which graces their signature pizza in melting wafer-thin slivers.
What to order Check out the board for daily specials, and make a beeline here for brunch – it’s a dreamy carte: fettucine, bottarga, poached egg ‘carbonara’, onglet steak and fried eggs, or ricotta pancakes with bacon and honey are just some of the highlights.
Pipsqueak tip The bambini menu offers chicken thigh polpette, gnocchi alla romana, risi e bisi or pizza, followed by orange wedges or ice cream. Its bijoux Dalston offspring, Lardo Bebe pizzeria, hosts ‘build your own pizza’ kids parties.