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REVIEW: Belpassi Bros, Tooting

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WHY GO? For meatball madness in a stylish setting, infinitely drinkable wines and an epic ricotta and pea bruschetta. Yet another reason to explore Tooting’s food and drink scene, that seems to sprout new shoots every week.

WHERE? A short walk from Tooting Broadway station, brothers Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi are trying bricks and mortar after a hugely successful stint in their food truck.

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WHAT? Meatballs, meatballs and more meatballs. Choose a base (classic al dente rigatoni, chilli greens or polenta) then what you’d like that smothered with. Pore over angus beef & duroc pork, angus beef pork & fennel, salt marsh lamb or kale & chickpea, then pick a sauce (we opted for one san marzano tomato & basil, and one pesto).  Alternatively, have three beef and pork balls ladled into a brioche bun with garlic aioli, rocket, amatriciana and parmesan. Leave your diet at the door.

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Side dishes aren’t to be skipped, either – the zucchini fritti is crisp and lightly salted, the towering ricotta and pea bruschetta fresh and light, despite its size. Small plates of salumi would be worth the visit alone – order one of each and pile them up high.

HOW MUCH? We’re pleased to report extremely reasonable prices, which is not something we have the pleasure of doing often. Meatball sandwiches are £7, meats/sides are £4,  and four balls, a base and sauce is £9.50. Tiramisu is £4 too, should you be tempted by dessert. Feeling adventurous? Ask your waiter about the restaurant’s alternative to traditional Limoncello and you’ll find yourself singing all the way back to Central.

WEBSITE: Belpasibros.com

ADDRESS: Belpassi Bros, 70 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0RN / 0208 767 6399Sign-Up To FashionBite’s Weekly News

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