What they say:
Meaning 'local community' in Italian, Popolo wants to bring that family-dining style warmth and sociability to Shoreditch. The restaurant is the brainchild of Jonathon Lawson, who has worked at Theo Randall for five years, and his business partner Munur Shah. They have taken over a Grade-II listed space on Rivington Street and stripped back the interior for a minimalist feel - think exposed brick and galvanised steel. The menu has taken inspiration from all regions of Italy, with dishes such as grouse capaletti, pasta parcels filled with Scottish grouse, and the fresh octopus, looking particularly appetising.
What we say:
There's more to Italy than pizza and pasta, and Popolo is the latest Italian restaurant to demonstrate that. The venue looks a cool and laid-back space serving everything from fresh seafood to game and veg dishes with buffalo mozzarella. We all know Italian food is delicious and homely, but we think it will be interesting to experience another side to the cuisine which is fancier and more modern than your average pizzeria.