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It may not be often that food is likened to religion, politics or sex but I’m about to do just that. You see, the thing is, people get as crazy passionate about food as they do religion, politics and sex. The difference being that I’ve heard fewer people argue about food unless, of course, it’s about who gets the last slice of mozzarella…
Whilst I don’t know the opinions of Georges and Sarah, the owners of Pulia, a recently opened shop and restaurant near Borough Market, when it comes to religion, politics and sex, I do know that they are extremely passionate when it comes to food. Not just any food mind you (although I’m sure that wouldn’t be too far from the truth), but Italian food.
Having had the opportunity to speak to Georges, I can tell he’s a huge advocate of the Slow Food movement and of taking great quality ingredients and using them to create dishes of outstanding taste.
The food at Pulia is what Italian food should be. It’s not cheap plates of pasta and pizza, but beautifully crafted combinations of flavours put together by an Italian family. The mama from Puglia, the region from which Pulia takes it’s inspiration (and ingredients), shapes the fresh pasta dough into it’s required shapes and her children help serve customers in the bright and airy restaurant.
Pulia came about after Georges and Sarah visited Puglia, a region of Southern Italy. They tasted mozzarellas with real flavours (none of that tasteless rubbery stuff you get in supermarkets), ate cured meats that surpassed all others and gained an appreciation for simple, yet delicious recipes.
Pulia already has several successful branches abroad, but this one near Borough Market is the couples’ first foray on English soil. As all the ingredients are imported from Puglia, you can rest assured you’re getting the real deal when it comes to this Italian deli and restaurant.
The burrata and mozzarellas were a highlight for me; smooth and creamy and full of flavour, I’ve yet to find anywhere else in the UK which serves mozzarella this good!
On a side note, who knew there were around eight different kinds of mozzarella? I certainly didn’t. I’m definitely returning to Pulia soon to stock up with some mozzarella for my fridge!
Charcuterie always goes down well in my book too, it’s even better when the different meats actually taste different, like they do at Pulia. Supermarket selection packs all taste a bit samey when it comes to cured meats (even when the meat is from different animals!).
Orecchiette, “small ears”, were served perfectly aldente with some crushed cherry tomatoes and parmesan. We even had a go at making our own. We were mostly impressed with our efforts, the mama?, not so much!
What one thing should you visit Pulia for (besides the mozzarella of course)? The lunches! Filled focaccias with cheese and ham, Panzerotto (fried Calzones, a Puglian speciality) and of course some delicious fresh pasta – guaranteed to cheer your lunch times up!