While we may not be blessed with a Mediterranean climate here in the Big Smoke (though that mini-heatwave over the Easter bank holiday sure hit the spot), it can get pretty damn toasty in June.
So, we better make the most of the fitting cuisines when the skies do decide to pull out their best impression of an Italian beach setting, right? Right.
And with a second site in the works, Italian pasta favourites miscusi should be ranking highly on your lists. They’re pretty new to London — we told you about their first site just last year — but, having already enjoyed success in Italy, they’re clearly no fools, and have caused enough of a buzz to warrant a second restaurant.
The Covent Garden opening in December 2021 was their first outside of Italy and marked the start of their global expansion. miscusi will be hoping (along with all of us) for London to catch some rays in June, as their new Islington site is set to boast a 40 square foot terrace for Londoners to gorge on pasta and wine; which, essentially, is the dream. Yep, the dream.
But, any London restaurant owner worth their salt is bound to have more up their sleeve for when the heavens open. A basement featuring a karaoke machine (along with a photo) will be featured at the new miscusi site, because we all know that belting out a summer anthem after a plate of pasta and several glasses of wine is, deep down, what we yearn for in our nights out.
To match the sumptuous spread of dishes, guests will also be treated to a delightful interior, with a a Barbican-style waffle ceiling that’s recycled from the 70s. If you’re lucky, you might even get a seat in front of the “pastificio” feature, where you can watch fresh pasta being produced by their authentic Dominioni machine.
You’ll happen upon some familiar plates at their new site, including the Pacchero Tricolore, a pistachio cream, authentic burrata and famous tomato sauce, which has gone down a storm. Diners can also expect items from the new menu, such as Cacio, Pepe and Shrimp Tartare with Sicilian red Shrimps, and the new restaurant will even encourage personalisation of pasta dishes! And, with dishes starting at £9.50, you can’t really go wrong.
Alberto Cartasegna, Founder and CEO of miscusi, said: “We’re extremely excited to be launching a second site in London this summer. Since December, we’ve had the pleasure of serving over 30,000 customers, bringing a proper taste of Milan to the UK. With the Islington branch, we want to create a space that embodies the good vibes and good times that comes from authentic Italian dining – after all, pasta is the ultimate good mood food!
“For us, pasta is happiness, an easy way of bringing people together over a simple bowl of food, whether you’re sharing a meal with family, friends or even co-workers. We can’t wait to welcome our North London neighbours into the family, and we’re bringing everything with us; our signature dishes, our Italian staff and even our karaoke machine! Islington’s Upper Street boasts some of the best places to eat in London, so it was the perfect place for our next adventure.”
All dishes are low carbon as part of miscusi’s sustainable mission.
You’ll find the second miscusi restaurant at Wells House, 80 Upper Street, London N1 ONU (nearest station is Angel).