lanima
Cuisine: Italian
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Verdict based on 11 critic, 1 blogger and 1 user reviews and awards
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Address: 1 Snowden Street, London EC2A 2DQ

Website: Visit restaurant website

Telephone: +44 20 7422 7000

Francesco Mazzei’s Italian restaurant in the City. There is a less formal café and all day dining bar next door (L’Anima Café).

Latest reviews of L’Anima

Observer Food Monthly Awards

Observer Food Monthly, Awards

28 April 2013

Selected as one of Observer Food Monthly’s ’20 Best Restaurants of the Decade’: “His fritto misto really is one of the best in London. The pastas – linguine with crab, chilli and Amalfi lemon, spaghetti with lobster – are as thin and silky as you would expect at this level…”

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Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

17 October 2012

The contemporary Italian food is excellent, employing the best of seasonal ingredients, imaginatively and perfectly cooked. For their prices, however, portions can seem a tad sparse…

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AA_Gill

AA Gill, The Sunday Times

31 July 2011

L’Anima is a horrid restaurant that serves good food charmingly. It’s a lot better than the customers deserve, and perhaps, one day, it will own its name without irony…

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Andy_Hayler

Andy Hayler, andyhayler.com

15 December 2009

Service was very good throughout the meal. Overall this is a most impressive addition to the capital’s array of Italian restaurants…

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What the Critics say

Observer Food Monthly Awards

Observer Food Monthly, Awards

28 April 2013

Selected as one of Observer Food Monthly’s ’20 Best Restaurants of the Decade’: “His fritto misto really is one of the best in London. The pastas – linguine with crab, chilli and Amalfi lemon, spaghetti with lobster – are as thin and silky as you would expect at this level…”

Read full review »
Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

17 October 2012

The contemporary Italian food is excellent, employing the best of seasonal ingredients, imaginatively and perfectly cooked. For their prices, however, portions can seem a tad sparse…

Read full review »
AA_Gill

AA Gill, The Sunday Times

31 July 2011

L’Anima is a horrid restaurant that serves good food charmingly. It’s a lot better than the customers deserve, and perhaps, one day, it will own its name without irony…

Read full review »
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Matthew Norman (Guardian), The Guardian

31 October 2009

My rabbit stew was magnificent, the sweetness of the meat brilliantly balanced with a faint balsamic sourness. His fish stew was almost as good, a collation of red mullet, clams, mussels and scallops on a tomatoey risotto that soaked up every scintilla of piscine delight…

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Mark Bolland

Mark Bolland, Evening Standard

23 March 2009

Thank heavens for my own main course, slow-roasted black pig belly, which was full of flavour. This once-cheap cut of meat made me feel warm, well-fed and, yes, nostalgic…

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Terry Durack, The Independent

16 November 2008

Pasta here is in a different league to most in Britain, and a small dish of cavatelli with cima di rape (turnip tops), sea urchin and bottarga (dried mullet roe) at £9.75 is proof on a plate…

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Zoe Williams, The Telegraph

3 August 2008

You know when something’s so good it’s actually a little bit frightening, as you realise how powerless you are before your own appetite, and all that’s really standing between you and housebound obesity is the fact that most food isn’t this nice?…

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John_Walsh

John Walsh, The Independent

12 July 2008

If the food isn’t quite as spiritual, or as excitingly innovative, as you’re led to expect, it’s certainly good enough to justify a night out among the City boys and the supermodels…

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Jay Rayner, The Observer

11 July 2008

Did I make that sound like some erotic exchange? Well, rightly so. For when food is as good as this, when the sensual and the physical become one, it does indeed transport you to another place…

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David Sexton, Evening Standard

25 June 2008

Mazzei’s best known dish, tagliata (£24.50), is a real showpiece. On an upright marrowbone, stuffed with mashed potato flavoured with the marrow, he drapes tender slices of beef so that the jokey construction looks like a big funghi porcini, gently oozing blood. It’s terrific: simple but sumptuous…

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hardens

Richard & Peter, Harden's

11 June 2008

One of those rare restaurants that just knocks your socks off…

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What the Bloggers say

Andy_Hayler

Andy Hayler, andyhayler.com

15 December 2009

Service was very good throughout the meal. Overall this is a most impressive addition to the capital’s array of Italian restaurants…

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