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Casa Tua – Home is Where the Heart is

SEEN had no problem locating the newest branch of Casa Tua last night – she could smell the delicious food all the way down pretty, tree-filled Cromer Street, not far from bustling King’s Cross and Bloomsbury. It’s definitely a place you want to seek out.

SEEN had no problem locating the newest branch of Casa Tua last night – she could smell the delicious food all the way down pretty, tree-filled Cromer Street, not far from bustling King’s Cross and Bloomsbury. It’s definitely a place you want to seek out.

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Casa Tua means ‘your house’ and specialises in freshly cooked Pugliese cuisine. But it’s not just about the food, it’s the whole experience of being there. Giuseppe Miggiano, the talented owner, envelops you with his great charm and warmth (check out his magnificent waxed moustache – SEEN could barely tear her eyes away!) The moment you step inside his restaurant, the atmosphere is intimate and sociable with a refreshing absence of pretension.

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In a city where it’s all too easy to feel anonymous, the service at Casa Tua makes a visit there positively therapeutic. Good for the body and good for the soul. To paraphrase Cesar Chavez; ‘If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with them… the people who give you their food give you their heart.’

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An extensive menu offers excellent coffee, breakfasts, brunches, small bites, light mains, fresh artisan pasta, a fabulous tasting menu of traditional Salento dishes and, of course, wines from the Puglia region.

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We had glasses of delicious Salice Salintino, perfect for a meal in Autumn, as Frank Sinatra crooned softly in the background. Lovely waiter Alfonso Cimino brought us toasted bread with fresh tomato and herbs to whet our appetites, inviting us to sprinkle on a delicious dried herb concoction that instantly lifted the dish to new heights. Then my guest and I opted to try four dishes for sharing: Purpo e Pitate (spicy stewed octopus, potatoes and celery); Beef Suppli de Riso (meatballs in tomato sauce); Melanzane alla Parmigiana (classic aubergine dish) and Burratina (a light creamy smoked mozzarella). Giuseppe and Alfonso were the most attentive hosts, filling our water and wine glasses, anxious that we should enjoy ourselves, and we did. My guest had some sweet dessert wine and Giuseppe served us a lovely chocolate and sponge roll that the chef Michele Fiancculi had created that very day. It was light and sweet (but not too much so). It was the perfect end to our meal.

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Downstairs is another dining room, with sofas and chairs in nooks where you are invited to sit, work, hang out, all the while brought food and drink by your hosts. There’s a selection of interesting surrealist art on the walls and again the furniture is about creating a home-like atmosphere where you can relax. It would be perfect for a party.

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SEEN could hardly bear to leave! We look forward to sampling the delights of Casa Tua in Camden, just opposite the tube station, where the home-from-home atmosphere was first created by Giuseppe and his talented team. In a time when restaurants can be a flash in the pan, SEEN predicts that Casa Tua will endure; not just because of the delicious food but because of the ambience created by Giuseppe. SEEN is definitely feeling the love.

www.casatuacamden.com

Casa Tua King’s Cross
106 – 108 Cromer Street
London
WC1H 8BZ

Casa Tua Camden
176 Royal College Street
London
NW1 0SP

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