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'EATalia' - Bermondsey Street

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Tuesday 7 April 2009 8.34pm
Gasping for a cuppah, after buying Tesco, Surrey Quays, I noticed a table and two chairs outside the new Cafe/Deli: EATalia - so sallied forth and had a look.

It looks very pleasant - the outside area at the rear is now covered. I met the Proprietor, Francesco, a very pleasant young Italian [with excellent English :P] and this is his first venture; he's a Chef by training.

The Tea [Earl Grey] was served in a small pot and a lovely china cup and saucer, and milk [I'm a Heathen lol]and I sat outside watching the world of Bermondsey Street rushing home.

I didn't eat but there was a good selection of food - home made, of course - and some very pleasant aromas eminating from the kitchen.

An extremely pleasant half hour - two cups from the pot!

I like the Village Deli very much and use it quite a lot; EATalia does remain open until, I think 6pm.

Welcome, Francesco, and I hope you succeed where others have failed.

Check it out!

[Just a thirsty and satisfied punter with no connections - Ciao!]
Tuesday 7 April 2009 10.21pm
Agree, Philpotts, nice people (and eager to show what's cooking in the oven when you pop in!).

My son had some home-made pesto and pronounced it excellent.

A mini-deli and artisanal sandwich shop in one. Good luck !
Tuesday 7 April 2009 11.29pm
Good to meet you the other evening, M Slicker :p This area is a really good place to socialise! Even for those like me who don't 'Pub' it very often, lol.

I shall repair for luncheon chez Eatalia asap.

Wednesday 8 April 2009 1.17pm
I certainly don't want to discourage anyone from commenting on EATalia here on the forum, but I'd also invite reviews from people who've tried it to be posted here:

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Wednesday 8 April 2009 4.46pm
OK, I did, James! Yes, it's a lovely shop and Francesco and his wife (?) are very nice. I can definitely see myself stopping in here often. He is going to offer cooking classes once they are up and running--I think the Dinner Party Club should arrange to take one!
Saturday 25 April 2009 7.32am
Just wanted to note that Francesco is continuing to add to EATalia. He's got a nice little selection of Italian groceries, including bags of Mulino Bianco products, and olive oil filled by the bottle from a large metal container. Yesterday I saw a new little counter with stools. There is also an orange juice machine (as seen in Italian bars) that makes juice from fresh oranges.

On the food side, I have recently had meatloaf (with cheddar cheese chunks) and a baked eggplant dish, both of which were delicious.
Saturday 25 April 2009 8.35am
Sounds like a place for lunch club.
Saturday 25 April 2009 1.14pm
there is also a cute little courtyard for dining al fresco. the coffee served up this morning was very good
Saturday 25 April 2009 3.57pm
I went there with my friend and I thought the food was ok. The chicken escalope was rather dry but my friend liked the homemade lasagna. The lemon pie and the carrot cake looked rather sad, ie from yesterday. The tiramisu looked pretty good but I prefer a good homemade carrot cake like they make on Borough market, moist and full of spices!
They also sell a nice selection of italian products and I bought some nice biscuits and some dry pasta. I like the idea of the oil!
However, i thought the courtyard was tacky. The painted wall is pretty horrible and I don't enjoy being served by a waitress chewing gum.
Monday 27 April 2009 10.35pm
Had lasagne for lunch (takeaway) and to be honest found it rather disappointing too much canned tomatoes. Seems to me to be an ok addition to Bemondsey street but nothing amazing.

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