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La Goccia Italian Restaurant Covent Garden

La Goccia is an Italian Restaurant in Covent Garden by Petersham Nurseries. We walked to Covent Garden on Sunday and noticed that La Goccia had outside seating available. It was great timing because we managed to get a seat before many other people arrived. The restaurant serves small plates of Italian food known as Cicchetti. It’s a great idea because you get to taste a selection of dishes with seasonal flavours. If you are looking for the best Italian restaurants in Covent Garden or places to dine outside in WC2, you’ll love La Goccia.

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“La Goccia is a romantic restaurant where you can share small plates of seasonal food with your partner. The idyllic courtyard in the heart of Covent Garden is the icing on the cake,” Homegirl London

La Goccia Italian Menu

As I mentioned, the menu is all about small plates, and you should aim to choose two or three per person. The focus is on seasonal ingredients with the meat, eggs and vegetables coming from the family farm, so it’s very much from plot to plate.

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Focaccia Bread

The Aperitivo section included Marinated Olives, Toasted Sicilian Almonds, Beef Tartar and Prosciutto with Melon. We settled on the Raw Broad Beans with Pecorino Toscano (cheese) and the Burrata with Roasted Datterino Tomatoes. Wow, the Burrata was excellent, thanks to the small but juicy and sweet-tasting tomatoes. It’s a simple dish but full of flavour. I enjoyed spreading the creamy Burrata over my Focaccia Bread. Oh, the simple pleasures of life!

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Ravioli with Ricotta, Lemon, Butter and Marjoram

We didn’t choose anything from the Coccoli section (small dough balls fried in olive oil). Stuffing choices are Gorgonzola Dolce, Mortadello Bologna and Taleggio Cream. We didn’t choose anything from the Fritto (small morsels coated with batter and deep-fried) selection either. The fried bits include Chicken, Sage and Anchovies and Baby Squid.

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Fresh Spaghetti with Mushrooms

We did, however, select a couple of vegetarian dishes from the Primi options. The Fresh Spaghetti with Mushrooms was fantastic, and we enjoyed every mouthful. I can say the same for the Ravioli with Ricotta, Lemon, Butter and Marjoram. Both dishes were excellent, and we wished these were big plates, not small! If you prefer meat or fish, you may like the Wood Fired Chicken, Beef Sirloin Tagliata or Cornish Mackerel. Add a plate of greenery such as the Petersham Garden Salad, and you’ll be happy.

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Cherry Tart and Poached Peaches

We saved room for Dolci, that’s dessert. We shared the Cherry Tart with Cherry Ripple Ice Cream and the Poached Peaches with Lemon Verbena and White Peach Sorbet. Both were delightful and the perfect ending to a memorable meal. Other sweet treats include Chocolate Mousse with Blackcurrant Sorbet, Tiramisu, Gelato, Sorbets and more.

La Goccia, Floral Court, Covent Garden, London WC2 Information

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Outdoor Dining at Floral Court

The restaurant has a rustic and Mediterranean appearance inside. The courtyard is lovely because it’s in Floral Court, behind Floral Street, so it feels private. To find out more about La Goccia, visit the Petersham Nurseries Website. The restaurant address is Floral Court, 1 Floral Street, London WC2E 9FB. Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line) and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly Lines) are the nearest stations. Current opening times are 11.30 am until 10.30 pm from Tuesday until Saturday, 11.30 am until 8 pm on Sunday. Please read my Ten Things To Do In Covent Garden London article if you want to explore more. For more pictures of the area, see my Love Covent Garden Pinterest Board. Enjoy your amazing meal!

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. I only write about restaurants where I had a good experience. I recommend that you undertake further research as restaurant standards fluctuate, as do opinions. Please check if the restaurant is still in business and the opening times before you go. If you discover that this restaurant has closed, contact me to remove it from my blog.