A diamond in the rough is this little Italian culinary treasure called Pesantissimo. You will find this delicious Italian restaurant located in the upmarket borough of Camden, in an area called Primrose Hill.
Don't let the lime green colour scheme and Comic Sans-esque signage that marks the shop front put you off because, low and behold, you will be coming back time and time again. With a fantastic selection of the Italian fundamentals of tapas, pastas and pizzas, you will be sure to find something that is right up your alley.
Scanning the menu on a glorious sunny London day, it seemed fitting to opt for an ambrosial salad. I decided to go for the roasted vegetables with rocket and goats cheese, while a friend decided on the porchini mushroom penne with cream of porchini sauce.
Whilst waiting for our meals I decided to tuck my head into the restaurant and noticed it was a cosy space abuzz with an eclectic mix of East and North Londoners from all walks of life.
It seemed as though we had hit the jackpot on our selected dishes, because as our food approached the aromas made us completely salivate in our seats. My salad was absolutely delicious, with a tinge of garlic and parmesan on the peppery rocket providing the perfect bed for the roasted vegetables. My friend was equally satisfied with her mushroom pasta, which was cooked to perfection and tossed well with porchini cream. A key indicator of our satisfaction was not our contented grins but the fact that neither of really spoke over the course of consumption.
Porchini Mushroom pasta with Cream of Porchini Sauce and Parmesan @ Pesantissimo (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
An affordable venue with delicious Italian food definitely makes Pesantissimo a goer for any local Londoner or tourist. It is in situated in a great location within a beautiful part of North East London, cute for dates or parent catch-ups.
Primrose Hill is located just over Regent's Canal. It is hard to believe that a five minute walk from our bountiful location would have us in the heart of substandard Camden, surrounded by alternative subcultures of punks, uni students and foreigners. It is safe to say the grass is greener on the affluent side of the hill.