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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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Summary

“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).

£56
Good
Good
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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.

£53
Good
Average
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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.

£46
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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.

£45
Good
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

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Harden's says...

L'Anima Café

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 - both fronts, though, offer some scope for greater consistency.


How quickly we forget. When L'Anima opened back in 2008, it seemed remarkable that someone had opened an opulent but understated 'Manhattan-style' Italian - an Armani-esque dining room which took up much of the ground floor of a smart office building, just north of Liverpool Street. Nowadays, when some vast new it-could-be-Gotham dining spot throws open its doors, no one really bats an eyelid.


Half a dozen years on, no one can accuse the L'Anima team of rushing their next venture, which occupies a different part of the same building. They've named it a café, but you could equally well have called it a trattoria-pizzeria. Perhaps they thought that sounds a bit '70s? The look of this airy and impressive space is certainly bang up-to-date, if arguably a little on the cold side, lacking as it does the opulence which tends to soften the feel of the parent dining room.


Prices, however, generally seem pretty reasonable for the City fringes - half a litre of the very drinkable house white, for example, will set you back just £11 - around the same price as a pizza. For the more informal sort of client rendezvous, or for a purely social gathering, this looks set to become something of a default destination.


The food varies from excellent to, at least in these early days, merely good enough. We doubt better bread - served from a spectacularly loaded trolley - is to be had anywhere in town.


Dolce, of which chef Francesco Mazzei is something of a maestro, are well worth leaving space for too. The rum babá (the manager's suggestion) arguably outscored the torta di Mascarpone, even though the latter's garnish of dark fruits was undoubtedly generous.


Mazzei is also usually something of a master of pasta too, so we ordered both a baked 'frutti de mare' and 'paccheri' (big tubes) with lamb. Both were surprisingly timid. The same could not, however, be said for the price of a strong but (not especially hot) espresso, which - at £3.80 - seemed oddly out-of-line.


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10 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2AP
Opening hours

Mon - Fri 11.30 am - till late; Sat & Sun closed
Last orders: 10 pm

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