The Italian restaurants from Big Mamma, Gloria and Circolo Popolare have been huge successes since they opened. Serving up quality Italian food at good prices and huge portions, they've earned themselves a legion of followers over here.
A third restaurant is on the way, and they're also currently delivering across London with Napoli Gang - with their towering lemon pie a signature dish.
The following recipe is an Italian classic from Big Mamma, and is normally served up in a huge pecorino wheel at Gloria in Shoreditch.
la Gran carbonara - for 4 People
You heard right - real Italian carbonara sauce is made without cream. Chef Filippo La Gattuta makes a spectacle of serving it straight out of a big pecorino wheel at London trattoria Gloria.
- 3 whole eggs and 6 egg yolks 90 g/3 oz (1 cup) grated Pecorino cheese
- 90 g/3 oz (1 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 400 g/14 oz spaghetti
- 8 slices of guanciale (cured pork cheek/jowl), finely sliced
- In a bowl, mix the whole eggs and egg yolks with the pecorino, Parmesan and pepper. Set aside.
- Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to the package directions, then drain, reserving the cooking water.
- In the meantime, add the guanciale slices to a dry frying pan (skillet) over a medium heat and sear for 5 minutes, or until crispy.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the pasta cooking water, followed by the spaghetti.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Add the egg mixture and mix briskly. The eggs should not cook too much and the consistency of the sauce should be creamy.
- Transfer to a large serving dish and serve immediately.
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More about Gloria and Circolo Popolare
Where are they? Shoreditch and Fitzrovia
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