Minimal ingredients for maximal effect – that’s how Marcella rolls. A philosophy shared with its sister restaurant; Peckham’s critically acclaimed Artusi. Since its arrival added a dose of chic to Deptford High Street this summer, Marcella’s Italian inspired menu has elated pasta and cured meat aficionados alike – capturing all the essences of Italy’s green, white and red flag. Inside, its whitewashed walls, minimal decor and stooled bar exude a clean, stripped back vibe. Low-lighting in the evening radiates a warm, fuzzy glow – destined for dates or late-night love affairs with arancini. You’ll find Marcella’s seasonal menu rustically scribbled on a chalkboard. Small plates; big plates; sharing plates; pasta; desserts – each section is kept short with a couple choices each. Their smoked sausage garnished with salsa verde and tomatoes made a well-balanced, pleasantly light and refreshing starter. While the ox tongue and tapenade packed enough rich, audacious flavours to send you soaring headfirst into the Adriatic Sea. The hearty Casarecce al Amatriciana main – loosely twisted pasta, coated in a tomato, pancetta, onion and chilli sauce, and dusted with pecorino – tasted like the good, old-fashioned home cooking of the Italian grandma I never had. But the showstopper was the Torta di Caprese. Subtle notes of chocolate and almond elegantly rippled through its compact slice, hitting the lips as delicately as a chocolate frosted kiss.