Homegirl London’s Restaurant Review: Trattoria Terra. This small Italian restaurant takes inspiration from Valtellina Valley in Northern Italy for their cuisine. The concise menu features homely recipes with a mix of fish, meat and vegetarian options. The restaurant is a fifteen-minute walk from either Archway or Crouch Hill station so is a bit off the beaten track. I thought it was very cute and ever so romantic so is well worth a visit if you live in the vicinity. If you’re looking for Italian restaurants in Archway or restaurants near Crouch Hill book yourself a table at Trattoria Terra.
“This charming and cute neighbourhood restaurant serves up delicious Northern Italian cuisine to locals and their friends in cosy surroundings,” Homegirl London
Trattoria Terra Menu
Homeboy and I visited on a Wednesday evening for my pre-birthday meal with my friend Rich. He lives around the corner and a neighbour had recommended the restaurant to him. The menu is concise but considered and you’ll certainly find something yummy to order.
Tiger Prawns with Barley Salad and Pickled Vegetables
The starters included tiger prawns with barley salad and pickled vegetables, Homeboy said the flavours were well executed. Rich tried the cauliflower and parsnip soup starter which was perfect on the cold and rainy night. Meanwhile, I tucked into the burrata mozzarella on a bed of rocket drizzled with balsamic dressing. There was also a layer of carasau bread which is thin, crispy flat bread made from durum wheat flour, salt, yeast and water. The other starters available were spaghetti with a tomato sauce and tagliatelle with duck leg ragu sauce.
Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup
For mains, Rich ordered the grilled rib eye steak served with roasted potatoes and sautéed green beans. He doesn’t usually order steak but thoroughly enjoyed it. Homeboy choose the saffron risotto with radicchio, gorgonzola blue cheese sauce and roasted walnuts. He loves blue cheese so was kept quiet with his large portion of risotto. I went for the pizzocheri with butter, sage, garlic, chard, cabbage, potatoes and melted cheese. I’d never tried this before, it was a bit like peasant food, hearty and very filling. Other mains were grilled trout and calf liver.
Rib Eye Steak
As it was a pre-birthday celebration we ordered desserts (any excuse!). Rich tried the tiramisu while Homeboy and I opted for the hot chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream. Both were totally delicious. Vanilla and rosemary pannacotta was also available as was a cheese board.
To give you the idea of price points the starters were £6.50-7.50, mains £11-16, desserts are £5 and Italian cheese selection £6. The drinks list isn’t large but does feature quality Italian wines from Puglia and Sicily for example, they have a few beers and soft drinks.
Trattoria Terra Interiors
This cute restaurant has a space outside which is covered in artificial grass and there is room for tables and chairs on a sunny day. The full-length floor to ceiling doors give you a peek inside.
The interiors are lovely with room for around thirty people at a push. Most of the tables are towards the front, then you have a bar area and the kitchen is behind. The walls are white with hanging art work, otherwise it is quite minimal. Overall, it is a cosy place to relax with a few close friends or a loved one.
Trattoria Terra Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the Trattoria Terra Website. The address is 83 Hazellville Road, London N19 3NB. You can travel to Archway Underground Station on the Northern Line and walk for fifteen minutes. Alternatively, try Crouch Hill Overground and walk for fifteen minutes. Current opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 5.30-10.30pm but do check online. It is advisable to book because this restaurant gets full. Enjoy!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Rich and Homeboy for dining with me.