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Book now for Papadeli’s next feast night (and a review of the last one)

Oct 26, 2010 #Papadeli
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Only two weeks to go until Papadeli‘s next feast night, this time with an Italian theme. On the evening of Friday, November 12th, the Clifton deli will be opening its doors for a “fabulous journey around Italy”, with antipasti plus six courses costing only £40 per head.

Kicking off at 7.30pm, the menu is as follows…:

Antipasti and a glass of Prosecco

Aubergine caviar on garlic crostini

Finocchiona (black pepper and fennel salame) & pickled fennel

Roasted red pepper involtini, buffalo mozzarella, capers & basil


Bagna Cauda (warm dip of anchovies, garlic & olive oil) with crudités
Potato, black olive & rosemary focaccia

Ribollita – a warming broth of white bean, speck, & green cabbage

Gnundi Verdi– ricotta & spinach dumplings, sage brown butter

Slow cooked shin of beef* with porcini, roasted tomatoes + red wine, served with rosemary wet polenta
*vegetarian option available

Lemon granita & chocolate, pistachio biscotti with a glass of limoncello

A selection of Italian cheeses & pickles

To book, give the deli a call on 0117 973 6569, or email


My friend Laura and I were lucky enough to bag two of the last places for the previous Papadeli supper evening – their “What’s In Season” supper which took place on October 1st and ended with a longer walk home than normal after gorging myself on some fantastic seasonal food.

On our arrival, we were handed a glass of Cava and treated to a variety of canapes: fresh, salty native oysters with a tangy shallot vinaigrette, a smooth and creamy Jerusalem artichoke soup, and bitter endive leaves filled with gorgonzola, walnuts and some amazing caramelised pears.

After everyone had arrived, we were shown upstairs to the cafe area for the main part of the evening. Wines chosen and water poured, the three starters were brought in on wooden boards for two to share…

A wild mushroom, Taleggio and rocket bruschetta was packed full of strong, rich flavours, and sat alongside a tender chunk of smoked trout on a beetroot, celeriac and horseradish remoulade. Finishing off the starter was a thin slice of speck with roasted butternut squash, walnuts and red cabbage: a fittingly autumnal plate of food.

Boards cleared, we moved onto the main course…

Two huge lamb chops (or grilled herb and black olive polenta for the vegetarians), on a bed of sweet roasted aubergines and cherry tomatoes, roasted baby potatoes, a tart salsa verde and a large portion of kale. Kale was a regular feature of the vegetable boxes I used to have delivered, and was always the one thing that was thrown away at the end of the week…but I cleaned my plate at Papadeli.

Dessert was a blackberry, honey and polenta cake with mascarpone cream…

…a huge slice of dense cake that tasted amazing but filled us up so much that we knew it would be a struggle to work our way through the board of locally produced cheeses and spiced damson chutney to share between the two of us. Couldn’t really say no, though…

All in all, a fantastic meal and a great way of showcasing autumnal ingredients such as wild mushrooms, blackberries, celeriac and squash. Unfortunately I’m busy on the 12th, but will be keeping an eye on my inbox for details of the next Papadeli supper…

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