I find myself in the restaurant capital of the world, London.
Three years of exploring the city of food; filled with diverse restaurants, food markets and pop-ups and yet I find myself at Campania & Jones in Hackney time after time.
A five minute walk from home and I walk in London’s quaintest cobble-stoned streets, Ezra Street.
Every Sunday stalls are packed with flowers, pots and plants which liven up Colombia Flower Market. The smallest shops open their doors and musicians play their music.
And then there’s Broadway Market, only a stones-throw away from Ezra Street. Also known as East London’s favourite Food Markets, which only takes place every Saturday.
What seems to be one of London’s busiest area’s during weekends, turns into an abandoned little village on weekdays.
Campania, a perfect escape. This hidden gem couldn’t be described in a more perfect way.
Emma, the owner of Campania, welcomes you to her stunning venue where waitresses try to squeeze through all the tiny tables and stools with their hands filled with empty bottles of wine. Maria Grazia rolling her pasta in the backroom and the Neapolitan chef Paolo De Martino, preparing his dishes passionately in the open kitchen, in the middle of the restaurant.
It’s as if you’ve travelled in time and landed in the tiniest Italian home.
Soft candlelight, a cobblestoned floor and bockety chairs. The smell of truffle, the taste of perfect red wine and people enjoying their highly recommended dishes. The Italians sure love to make a good impression!
A place so tasteful, no wonder the owner is as proud as can be.