Opened in September 2021, the new project from Russell Norman, who left the Polpo group last year. Thanks to The Sunday Times critic Marina O'Loughlin for spotting the new Instagram name and truffling this one out. Norman confirmed the project and says that the trattoria "has a Tuscan accent" and that the food comes from the heart of Italy "where flavour is more important than favour".
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On the Smithfield site that was most recently Mark Hix’s Chophouse (RIP) – and which has a recent history of meaty destinations – ex-Polpo supremo, Russell Norman continues in a somewhat similar vein with the launch of this modern Italian venture in September 2021. The Tuscan cuisine will make a feature of Bistecca alla Fiorentina alongside many homemade pasta dishes and is inspired by the simple, neighbourhood restaurants of Florence. Russell even purchased a 1980s electric typewriter of the same make as one of the restaurants he visited in Italy for maximum authenticity when it came to the feel of the menu.
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Trattoria Brutto Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Good unstuffy food, well prepared and tasty. The accoustics (at lunch time) were fine. Fairly noisy, it's true. But it's good noise: the sound of people enjoying themselves! "
"A busy place popular with the locals. That does mean that it is VERY noisy and sadly they push up the music volume to ride above. All to say not for a chat or for anyone who wants to protect hearing. Food is delightfully not standard Italian for them most part. The menu is generally simple but well executed. Although I did have tagliatelle with rabbit ragout which was past al dente and lacking much Rabbit. On the other hand the anchovy with sourdough was a perfect simple starter as both ingredients were special. Stews look good and tasty. Desserts are plain but very well executed again. Apple pie was amazing. Wine list is huge no bargains... NB Hard to find much without meat here, let alone vegan. No fish really. Overall, if you like the style it works. I can do better for the money and even hear my companions in other places! "
"interesting menu, sensibly short. Delightful staff. Acoustics improved from the site's previous incarnations."
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
35-37 Greenhill Rents, London, EC1M 6BN
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|