Elephant and Castle is probably the last place you’d call a foodie destination, but last night I found a reason to head to this forgotten bit of London’s zone 1. Elephant and Castle is now home to a Milan style food market called Mercato Metropolitano.
Mercato Metropolitano is the brainchild of Andrea Rasca, a former economist who was looking for a change of career and felt the world needed more food. The new London foodie market is based off another Italian food market in Milan, which has proven quite popular indeed. I missed the one in Milan when I was there earlier this year, so all the more reason to head to Southwark and have a look.
I walked into another outdoor space where punters were enjoying bright spritzes and bubbling proseccos. I headed to the covered sections where I found more stalls selling everything you could possibly think of. Pizzas, pastas, ice cream, mozzarella salads, basically all things Italian.
There were some coffee vendors, bread stalls and vendors of the alcoholic kind.
I went back to the shop I found a pretty good deal; for 8 pounds I bought a glass of Italian chardonnay and 4 mini plates of anti-pasti. I had some salad with a spicy olive oil and balsamico dressing, meat balls with tomato sauce, grilled veggies and a piadino with cheese and ham.
I went back outside and found a spot at a table. I can wholeheartedly recommend this place, and even more if you love Italian food as much as I do.