Berto brings artisanal pasta to Holloway Road
Having opened just over a month ago, Berto is a hand-made fresh pasta concept from the team behind neighbourhood pizzeria Zia Lucia. The authentic, artisanal pasta restaurant sits next to its sister venue on Holloway Road.
Just as Zia Lucia uses different flours to create four signature pizza doughs, Berto serves a selection of pasta doughs made from traditional, wholemeal and gluten free flours. The concise menu focuses on intricately created and simply served fresh pasta, made onsite daily. Hand-crafted pastas include fresh egg tagliatelle and pappardelle, vegan pici, gnocchi and filled pasta such as ravioli, all effortlessly dressed with both classic and inventive sauces made with the finest Italian produce. Maintaining its ethos of great value genuine Italian food, all generous pasta dishes at Berto is priced from £8 – £13 and the menu features a changing selection of seasonal specials.
Berto, much like Lucia is a prominent figure in the lives of restaurant owners Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca D’Angelo. An expert pasta maker, friend and teacher, Piero – or “Berto”, as they call him – is both the inspiration behind the evolvement of the brand and a key figure in the restaurant. Berto owns a pasta shop in his home town of Ronciglione, just north of Rome, where has worked for over 25 years researching antique flours, tools and recipes to hone his craft. Working closely with Claudio and Gianluca, they have devised a selection of pasta styles that combine these traditional techniques with a progressive approach to Italian food. Berto has trained the in-house team to ensure that Londoners can enjoy the taste of authentic Italian pasta, without leaving the capital.
Claudio, Gianluca and Berto have combined their passion and nostalgia for wholesome Italian ingredients to create a menu that lets regional produce shine. Guests can expect to start the evening with a spritz paired with Roman style Puntarella, or Carciofo, or an assortment of Fritti, followed by Caseificio – a selection of young, fresh cheeses including a mouth-watering Stracciatella – all served on colourful Umbrian pottery. The drinks menu includes a broad selection of Italian wines stretching from Sicily to Piedmont, alongside beers from North London brewers, Hammerton Brewery, and succinct cocktail list of aperitivo and digestivo.
The 45-cover restaurant centres around a pasta bar, where diners can enjoy long suppers or a quick bite and a glass of wine while looking onto the craftsmanship that goes into fresh pasta making. The open counter is set beneath a central skylight which lets streams of natural light into the restaurant. A warm, golden-toned wall is offset by natural brick, brass light fixtures and foliage, creating a bright, airy restaurant and a convivial Italian dining experience.
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Photos: Cristiana Ferrauti
To book a table at Berto, 155 Holloway Road London N7 8LX, call 020 7052 3893 or visit their website here.