February 2018: L'Anima Café's fine dining sister site L'Anima has closed. The café will be redesigned to incorporate a new “discreet fine dining restaurant” according to owner Peter Marano.
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“Sustained high levels of Italian fare, and reasonably strong service” make it worth remembering this “busy, if slightly cavernous room” near Liverpool Street – ideal for an informal business bite – majoring in “excellent pizza”, plus pasta. “It’s not cheap though” (although there is a deli section where you can grab & go, or perch at a shared table).
“Hearing is easier, and it’s more relaxed” than at its namesake restaurant around the corner, but this “busy and bustling” café/deli near Liverpool Street is “pretty slick in terms of overall quality”, serving simple southern Italian dishes, snacks and coffee in an “industrial”-style setting.
The “less formal (and more keenly priced) sister restaurant of L’Anima” occupies “spacious and inviting” premises around the corner from its sibling, and serves “highly authentic” Italian grub, including pizza.
Near the grand City-fringe Italian of the same name, a large contemporary-style café-pizzeria-trattoria; some of the food is of very high quality, and some of the prices are very reasonable too.
Our ethos is simple. Serve nutritious Italian food, simply cooked using only the finest seasonal ingredients, presented in a warm friendly atmosphere where hospitality is as important as the meal itself.
L’Anima Café & Deli is the more vibrant and accessible progeny offering simpler Southern Italian dishes at exceptional value but the ethos remains the same; creating the perfect setting to ‘mangiare bene’ and using everyday ingredients, carefully sourced and skilfully prepared on site to offer you authentic seasonal Southern Italian cuisine.
The L’Anima Café bar is partitioned into a leather sofa filled lounge area, large banquette seating and a pizza kitchen with a floor-to-ceiling oven. An ideal place for breakfast meetings, afternoon coffees, after-work drinks, live music in the evenings or live sports on the big screens.
The L’Anima Café Deli has a large, mouth-watering display piled with homemade cakes, salads, sandwiches and sliced pizza - each of which are freshly made in-house each day. It’s open plan kitchen and communal tables sees chefs preparing breakfast and lunch dishes in front of the guests as well as fresh pasta and sauces for customers to enjoy at home. Emphasis is placed on good provenance of the goods sold; from tasty salami and prosciutto to great pastas, carefully chosen wines and artisan beers to long-forgotten dried as well as jars of mouth-watering preserved legumes.
Designed by famed architect Claudio Silvestrin, L’Anima Café is an open and inviting space boasting clean-cut, modern furnishings from some of Italy’s most famed names in design including B&B Italia and Alessi.