By Maeve
75 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney, SW15 2SR
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8.30am - 10.30pm daily
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One of five branches of the family-run Valentina enterprise, this deli and restaurant is of the highest possible standard and boasts the best pannetone that I’ve ever tasted, here or in Italy. The homely deli section stocks everything from your authentic, everyday items, such as Cirio tomatoes and De Cecco pastas, right through to delicacies, top sausages and snazzy Alessi kitchen accessories. The bar will serve you well-crafted Italian coffees whilst the chef serves up a selection of incredible dishes. A solid helping of antipasti was trumped by my amazing gnocchi (pictured) in a perfect tomato sauce, and although I didn’t order the Capella Romana, I pilfered enough of my homie’s baked tagliatelle, wrapped ham and meatballs to guarantee a return visit. Very soon. In a nutshell: I was blown away by the gaff. / Eamon Downes