Do you like Italian food? Silly question – of course you do!
There are, of course, plenty of places in London that serve Italian food, but only one of them specialises in one of the cuisines’ classics, lasagna. And that is Mister Lasagna.
Mister Lasagna offers 21 lasagna varieties, eight of them available daily: classic Bolognese, ham & cheese, mushroom, pesto, carbonara, vegetable, four cheese (cheddar, gorgonzola, bechamel, emmental) and Napoletana (meatballs, egg, bolognese, ricotta and bechamel). The specials are on rotation with two being added to the regular offer. The specials are: truffle, pumpkin, smoked salmon, chicken chorizo, artichoke, courgette, vegetable, aubergine, cherry tomato & basil, mashed potato & egg, spinach, onion and spicy tomato sauce. You can also choose from five complementary sauces to top your lasagna; bolognese, bechamel, mushroom, four cheeses or tomato. Ingredients are fresh and authentic and the lasagna is cooked freshly every day.
We were recently invited to try out some of the varieties on offer and went along to see what is cooking in this Soho restaurant.
We were given, along with copious amounts of Italian red wine, taster portions of chicken chorizo (very nice, the combination works well together), pesto (I like pesto, so enjoyed this one very much), Napoletana & Bolognese (quite similar to each other, maybe the difference is more obvious when you eat a full portion), ham & bacon and spinach (both very tasty), courgette (a little bit too salty for my taste) and vegetable lasagna (excellent).
I will definitely have to go back and try some of the others. Top of my list are truffle, smoked salmon and four cheeses. Luckily you can get a plate made up of three different portions of lasagna, which makes choosing what to have for dinner a little bit easier.
But lasagna is not all Mister Lasagna has to offer. Opening daily from 7am, they serve breakfast with fresh Italian coffee, traditional savoury tarts and sweet pastries. And for people with a sweet tooth there are desserts: tiramisu, caramel panna cotta and white chocolate soufflé. An Italian wine list, selection of beers and spirits are also available.
Don’t be deceived by the small front of shop, there is plenty of seating available at the back of the restaurant, serving up to 40 people. There is modern art on the walls, including one wall covered in living moss and I particularly liked the table decorations of potted tomato and basil plants.
Customers can also take home with them authentic Italian produce, as the restaurant will sell pasta, sauces and a selection of Italian liqueurs.
53 Rupert Street
About the founder of Mister Lasagna
Alessandro Limone moved from Naples to London in 2014. Alessandro started to miss the homemade lasagna he grew up with and set out to bring the same authentic taste to the UK. Using his family recipe, he began selling his lasagnas at local markets and within a few months of successful trading he knew that there was a bigger business idea around his favourite dish and the Mister Lasagna brand was born. Mister Lasagna is a family run business.