Matteo is by Eddie Levy (The Lobo) and Adam Abrams (of Darlo Country Club). It's in the space that used to be Limoncello: a much-loved family pizza restaurant.
Just like Limoncello, the star at Matteo is the pizza. The dough here is doppio lievitazione – proved twice, so there's no yeast content. It's perfectly light and elastic. The rest of the menu includes pizza-supporting food: simple dishes and pastas. But one of the menu’s showstoppers is the salt-encrusted snapper, which is cracked open at your table.
There's a southern Italian tilt to the menu that comes across in signature dishes such as the Amalfi-style, parsley-infused scialatielli (long, square-sided pasta) with forest mushrooms and ricotta.
Aperitivo in the front courtyard involves snacks and a modern Italian drinks list led by a selection of different spritzes. DJs also regularly play in the courtyard. The idea behind almost everything is recreating the same vibe Limoncello had. Besides for the fit-out, which, thanks to interior designer Ian Nessick, is much more stylish. There are stained, stone tables and a long marble bench at the bar. And the entire venue has been rendered and repainted to look more like the outside of a Greek villa.
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