The true taste of Italy

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Be­fore open­ing the im­pos­si­ble-to-pro­nounce Qv­intessenza, Alessan­dro Zavarise trav­elled all over Italy, sourc­ing ar­ti­san food and drink from small pro­duc­ers who don’t have the means to ex­port their own prod­ucts. Zavarise calls it ‘an eno-gourmet­te­ria where Docg, Doc, Igt, Dop and Igp prod­ucts [wines with con­trolled des­ig­na­tion of ori­gin] are in our DNA.’ Min­utes from foodie par­adise Bor­ough Mar­ket, you can expect rus­tic dishes made from top-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents, such as bur­rata with 26-month-cured Parma ham, and car­bonara di spada – a twist on the pasta dish with sword­fish in­stead of ba­con. 304 Bor­ough High St, SE1 1JJ. T: 020-7403 9728. www.5es­senza.com. F10. Sta­tion: London Bridge

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