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!]
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!
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.
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.