What can you tell us about Gloria?
Gloria, in Shoreditch, was the first London restaurant from France's Big Mamma Group to open in London - followed later by Circolo Poplare in Fitzrovia. Big Mamma have had big success with their Italian restaurants in Paris and quickly became just as successful in London.
They're best known for going big (or "extra") with wild designs in their restaurants, huge pizzas and desserts and a general lack of subtlety. But don't let the full-on-ness of it all fool you, the restaurants are backed up by a top-quality menu of classic Italian cooking with a modern twist or two.
With the restaurants closed, both of them have moved to a delivery format - but can they replicate that OTT vibe at home? We decided to find out.
What's the delivery range?
About a 2.5-mile radius from either the Shoreditch or Fitzrovia restaurants.
Are the menus the same from both?
Broadly, yes. There are just a couple of tiny differences - but everything we had below is available at both venues. For an online selection - it's quite extensive. Sections include antipasti, pasta, pizzas, charcuterie, cheese and dessert. Most of the well-known (i.e. well-Instagrammed) dishes from the restaurants are on the menu with some small changes.
Here's what we had.
What about dessert?
Big Mamma are very well known for their desserts. The huge slices of lemon meringue pie are legendary - but there was a question of how they were going to achieve that spectacle for home delivery. Well, they definitely pulled it off.
What drinks are available?
Cocktails are available by pouches, with separate sections for garnishes and there's a large beer and wine selection too. Wines are well priced, starting at £14 a bottle for a Sangiovese.
In addition to the traditional takeaway dishes, they also have a couple of cook-later pasta kits - the Famous Carbonara and the Mafaldine al Tartufo below. They also have a deli section, with fresh pasta, flour, olives and more on offer.
Big Mamma has aimed big with their home delivery service. The heavy hitters from the restaurants are on offer and there's a taste of the spectacle in here too - particularly with that lemon meringue pie. All that showmanship would be for nothing without the quality though - and that's clearly in evidence. At the heart of all of this is a great Italian menu that's very well priced. Recommended.
More about Gloria and Circolo Popolare
Where are they? 40-41 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HX (Circolo Popolare), 54-56 Great Eastern St, Hackney, London EC2A 3QR (Gloria)
When does it start? 30 April 2020 (from 7pm)
How to order: Via their online shop
Find out more: Follow them on Instagram @bigmamma.uk.
Hot Dinners received the delivery courtesy of Big Mamma. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
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