Manager Marco was an excellent host, eager to offer his thoughts, and to provide excitable expert guidance through the wine regions of Italy and further afield until we alighted upon an intriguing-sounding Verus Riesling from Slovenia. And, God, it was good. Crisp, fruity, a hint of sharp green apple balanced with softer floral notes… everything a good Riesling should be, and a perfect accompaniment to the burrata which arrived gloriously at the table in a flurry of olive oil and delicious cheesy goodness.
In fact, every dish we sampled was pretty spot on. The SOOD food menu is small but perfectly formed, showcasing a selection of Italian classics from Iberico pork to spaghetti all’amatriciana and beef carpaccio. My personal highlight was the cacio & pepe rice balls: essentially a delectable take on arancini with an oozy pecorino and mozzarella centre, complemented with a crisp outer shell.