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At Cotto, chef and co-owner Giussepe Di Gen­naro re­turns to his pas­sion for sim­ple, time­less Ital­ian dishes. The menu is pep­pered with tra­di­tional favourites, such as a spaghetti car­bonara, a pap­pardelle ragu, br­uschetta, panini, and Gen­naro’s trade­mark arancini.

Even within the realm of clas­sics, the dishes show sig­na­ture cre­ativ­ity. The car­bonara comes topped with a meaty por­tion of pork belly, while the cap­rese fea­tures soft, roasted red pep­pers in­stead of the stan­dard tomato, be­neath a silky ball of moz­zarella and crispy slices of salami for crunch. The Mi­lanese pork chop is well sea­soned, breaded and fried to golden.

The space has a rus­tic feel and it’s easy to set­tle in for a com­fort­ing meal (page 64).

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