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Cantina Del Ponte Shad Thames London

We enjoyed a lovely leisurely lunch at Cantina Del Ponte Shad Thames on Sunday. We were meeting a friend at London Bridge Station who wanted to walk along the river. We pre-booked this restaurant because it overlooks the Thames and has outside seating. They also serve delicious Italian cuisine, which was another reason to visit. If you want to enjoy Italian food near Tower Bridge or you’re looking for the best restaurants near London Bridge, you should book an alfresco table at Cantina Del Ponte Shad Thames.

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“It was a real treat eating a delicious three-course Italian meal outside on a balmy day with a view of Tower Bridge and the Thames,” Homegirl London.

Cantina Del Ponte Shad Thames Italian Restaurant Menu

The traditional Italian trattoria has a concise menu with enough options to keep everyone happy. For antipasti, my friend and I both tried the creamy burrata with San Marzano tomatoes and grilled courgettes. With the right amount of oregano seasoning, it was a light and favourable summer starter. Homeboy selected the deep-fried calamari with black pepper and a side of aioli which was gone in a flash. Other antipasti includes beef carpaccio, cold cuts with pecorino cheese and spicy beef meatball.

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Calamari With Black Pepper And Aioli

Homeboy and I shared two mains which were the wild mushroom risotto, and this was particularly good. The other dish was homemade ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach in a butter sauce with crispy sage. Wow, the pasta was excellent. I was happy to see six ravioli pieces on the plate, which saved potential sharing arguments. The other vegetarian option was an aubergine parmigiana, it did sound tempting, but I fancied the risotto instead.

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

Our friend tucked into the chicken escalope with a sage and lemon sauce. The chicken is usually served with potatoes, but she asked for a green salad instead. Meat options included beef lasagna and grilled Scottish beef rib-eye with roast veg. Fish dishes were seared tuna steak or seafood linguine.

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Chicken Escalope

I must admit that I love Italian desserts and was looking forward to the ‘Dolci’ part of the menu. I shared the Tiramisu with Homeboy along with the Sicilian cannoli, which was recommended by the man serving us. Both were utterly delicious, and I spent the rest of the day thinking about them! Pannacotta with red berry sauce and ice cream and sorbet are also featured.

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Tiramisu and Cannoli Desserts

Starters cost £7.50-12, mains are £12-24, and desserts cost £6-6.50. The drinks list includes Italian wines and most tipples so you can enjoy a drink with your meal.

Cantina Del Ponte Shad Thames Information

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Alfresco Dining

The restaurant interior has terracotta tiles and rustic charm. The restaurant benefits from the outside dining tables overlooking the River Thames. You are treated to spectacular views of Tower Bridge which is a beautiful backdrop. The address is 36c Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE. The nearest station is London Bridge. For more information and up to date opening times, please go to the Cantina Del Ponte Website. It is advisable to book a table, especially if you want a seat outside. Enjoy your Italian meal with a view. While you are in the area, you might want to explore more. Read my articles: Historic Shad Thames London SE1 Walk, Lovely London Bridge to Stave Hill Walk and Ten Things to do near Tower Bridge.

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.