Given the over-saturation of Italian chain restaurants in the UK it was a pleasure to discover a real gem of authenticity at Enoteca Turi in Putney, London. Opened in 1990, Enoteca Turi specialises in authentic regional cuisine
Twenty-five years on, the restaurant is still flourishing. The soundscape is incredible for a weekday evening as busying tables fill the air with conversation and the excellent staff offer their advice on the menu.
We kicked off with a glass of prosecco and a basket of homemade breads – the manager warned us they had an addictive quality and it took a great deal of will power to refuse a second helping.
The menu is organised by the native region of each dish, from north to south, using traditional, seasonal ingredients. Every option is carefully paired with a glass of wine – demonstrating Enoteca Turi’s distinctive approach for complimenting taste. The wine menu ensures that each wine-producing region of Italy is well represented, boasting over 300 bottles.
We started with lamb sweetbread served with spring onion, charred artichoke and wild garlic, a dish inspired by flavours from Puglia. After this came a fillet of monkfish wrapped in leek with olive pesto. Inspired by the flavours of Campania, it was served with cream of borlotti beans, clams and barba di frate. Dessert, which was their ‘Three Mousse Chocolate Cake’ (white, milk and 75% dark) with apricot coulis, was worth the visit alone.
What really elevates Enoteca Turi is not just the excellent relationship between the food and wine on offer, but also between the staff and the customer.
Each meal was explained and presented with such care and dedication, allowing you to appreciate the authenticity of a family-run restaurant, as well as the complex flavours of the Italian regions.
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