On Wednesday I was invited down to experience Birra Moretti's Gran Tour of Italy. They are hosting a pop up street food market in London taking you on a tour of the most amazing tastes of Italy. During the evening James and I watched pasta being made by the Cooking Cooks, munched our way through some epic slices of pizza from the Pizza Pilgrims, and finished things off with some amazing gelato from Gelupo. And that was just our starter...
I loved watching everything being freshly hand made in front of our eyes, and at ridiculous speed as the chefs raced to fill the plates for the queues of people buliding up. Despite the numbers of people each plate of food was perfectly presented, and just the right size to leave you satisfied, but with space left to try the next dish!
James' favourite was the Arancina balls - balls of risotto stuffed with ricotta and spinach, and deep fried - the perfect snack to whet your appetite. My top choice was probably the hand made ravioli stuffed with butternut squash and topped with crumbled amaretti biscuits. It was like a dessert pasta, if there is such a thing?! A close second was definitely the gelato though. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? It was so good I went back twice! Once for the chocolatey deliciousness of the Bonet flavour (named after a Piemontese pudding shaped like a bonnet) and finally for the Lemon and Sage flavour which was the perfect palette cleanser to end with.
The festival's last day is Sunday 3rd August, so get in quick if you want to visit! Tickets and info here.