Gas up your Vespa’s and start practicing your Italian accents, because your new favourite restaurant has just landed. Tucked away in the Paddington Barracks, the Nativo Kitchen & Bar is an authentic Italian eatery, dishing up delicious food seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We may move in.
Located at the former site of French Twist, Nativo is brought to us courtesy of culinary connoisseur’s at TJ Peabody’s NKB group. The 100-seat venue has been transformed into an idyllic Tuscan trattoria, providing diners with everything from casual aperitifs, to wholesome meals and on-the-go Italian treats.
Breakfast kicks off at 7am, offering specialty brewed coffee, Italian pastries and hearty Italian breakfasts. Options include the Nativo Breakfast Board with parma ham, dried tomatoes, basil pesto, smashed avo, sourdough and marinated eggplant, or if you’re after something lighter, try the Muesli Fatto Casa, a house made granola topped with honey, dried figs and semifreddo. It’s so good it’ll have you happily saying ‘buongiorno!’ to your colleagues, on days that would otherwise make you want to avoid human contact of any kind.
For lunch, try one of their traditional pizzas (and a glass of Italian red, naturally). We can’t go past the salsiccia pizza with fennel, garlic and pork sausage, gorgonzola, onion jam and rocket. If you think that sounds like the ultimate midday pick-me-up, you’re right.
And for dinner, let your (angel) hair down and relax with a spritz and salumi board before setting yourself loose on an array of delectable pastas, pizzas and mains. The rigatoni topped with slow cooked braised pork cheek, fennel, chilli and tomato has our stomachs rumbling just thinking about it. And because a meal isn’t a meal without dessert, don’t forget to try their crema al cioccolato, a traditional baked chocolate pot served with pistachio gelato. To quote Lizzie McGuire during her Roman adventure, this is what dreams are made of.
So next time you’re in the mood to escape to the Tuscan country side (which for us, in winter, is everyday), head down to the Nativo Kitchen & Bar. There’s no better method of escapism than consuming copious amounts of pasta and wine. We’ve checked.
Words by Georgia Casey