The latest incarnation of The House of Peroni has returned to London with a celebration of all things citrus until Sunday 15th of October.
The inspiration for this zesty happening is Peroni’s limited-edition Ambra, which, in turn, was inspired by the Italian aperitivo occasion It is a refreshing and delicious combination of Peroni Nastro Azzurro and the bitter-sweet Italian Chinotto fruit from the myrtle-leaved orange tree and we loved it!
You are greeted by crates of citrus fruits leading you to a typical Italian square & market, the Fruttivendolo, where you find the first of the Mercato Bar serving Peroni beers (we loved the Peroni Ambra!) and soft drinks, as well as a trattoria serving typical Italian dishes created by Francesco Mazzei, with a citrussy twist. The Fettuccine al Uovo is wonderful, served with Grana Padano, pink pepper and lemon zest. The Polpettine, lemon and rosemary meatballs come with potato mash and a spicy frajotta chilli jam. Then there is pizza, pumpkin & orange crocchettes and another past dish, this time with seafood in a tomato sauce and bergamot scent. For dessert get a ricotta & bergamot ice cream from the ice cream cart.
Here you also find the hidden entrance to ‘The Bitter End’, a secret bar that can only entertain 10 guests at a time. Here Simone Caporale serves a variety of Peroni Ambra Chinotto-based infusions.
Walk through the leafy tunnel and you’ll find yourself in the ‘Bar Citrus’. Listen to Italo house music and try one of the specially commissioned cocktails from the large bar.
Peroni paired off some of the best of London’s Bartenders with creative experts from the worlds of illustration, fragrance and floristry and sent them to North West Italy to create a bespoke serve inspired by citrus.
Creations include ‘Chinotto Montemoro’, a cocktail featuring dark rum, Martini Rubino, Amaro and grapefruit & lemon juices, topped with Peroni Ambra and completed with Luxardo cherry and Chinotto jam, created by Federico Doldi from Chiltern Firehouse and Nik Southern, the founder of florist Grace & Thorn.
Or how about ‘Punch on the Coast’ from Davide Manzi (London EDITION) and scent experts Niko Drafkos and Paul Firmin from Earl of East London made with Falemum Liqueur, Martini Ambrato, Grappa, lemon juice, rosemary syrup, topped with Peroni Nastro Azzuro and garnished with dry lemon and rosemary and cardamom and star anise spices?
‘Bergamot Tramonto’ is the cocktail Mia Johansson, founder of Swift, and illustrator George Greaves returned with, featuring peroni Nastro Azzuro Gluten Free, Italicus, bergamot sherbet and lemon juice topped with citrus sorbet and thyme.
If you feel hungry, there is a 4Close Deli in the bar where you can buy selected salumi and formaggio to nibble on.
Music is provided by music partner, Early Sounds Recordings (Naples), with an eclectic mix of record selectors playing throughout opening, with Italian guest DJs playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The House of Peroni
3-10 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PG
No admission fee. 18+ only.
5pm – 11pm, Wednesday 11th October
5pm – 11pm, Thursday 12th October
5pm – 11pm, Friday 13th October
12noon – 11pm, Saturday 14th October
12noon – 9pm, Sunday 15th October