Enoteca Turi, Putney
If this place was in Mayfair, it would be sitting with the big boys – think Scotts, The Wolseley, places that are so often referred to as ‘institutions’. An oasis of old school silver service and sommeliers, this place fails to comprehend who’d want to eat on an upturned milk crate without a reservation.
We’ve all heard about ‘authentic Italian’ restaurants – well this one actually is. The tone shall be set with your bread basket – home made focaccia steeped with olive oil and rosemary, then you only have to turn your head and you’ll find a knowledgeable waiter ready to guide you through the menu – show stoppers include the Seared Scallops to start, then the Organic Salt Marsh Lamb or Black Cannelloni. Share the affogato for dessert, and drink wines by the glass.
Meet at the restaurant. Yep, controversial but you’ll have a reservation and they’ll have a comfortable seat and even be given a glass of wine whilst they wait – remember this is hospitality at its best. Go for a three course meal, take your time, linger, twirl your pasta around your fork then offer it over for them to try. Keep the wine flowing and down a double espresso at the end. Walk hand in hand over Putney Bridge and hail your taxi as you watch the city fall asleep.
For those who want upturned milk crates and prefer restaurants that ‘pop up’, this 25 year old gem may not be for you.