As one of the top Italian restaurants in Kensington, we have a somewhat ambivalent attitude toward food trends. On the one hand, we feel it is our duty, as purveyors of fine food, to keep on top of what is new and exciting in the gastronomic universe. On the other, we regard ourselves as the best pizza in Kensington because it doesn’t stray too far from the time-honoured recipe. Great ingredients, simply prepared by skilled chefs who – and this might be the most important part – genuinely care about the end product.
Pay a visit to the top Italian restaurant in Kensington and you’ll be able to taste the rewards of this attitude for yourself. Not only our pizza but our pasta, and everything else we prepare, reaches these same high standards. So we keep track of the latest food trends, yes, and we’ll adopt the occasional good idea, but we never let following fashion get in the way of sticking to our ideals. Here are a few of the trends which experts predict might emerge in the worlds of cooking and eating during the next twelve months:
Italian Trends – not that we’re biased, of course, but we know for a fact that the best food in the world comes from Italy. It’s tempting to assume that all of the culinary secrets of Italy have already been unearthed, but the truth is that 2017 might see one or two special treats make their way from our spiritual homeland to the UK. Guanciale is a traditional cured meat made from pork cheek or jowl. It’s commonly used when cooking carbonara, but is delicious enough to experiment with in a variety of dishes. Other Italian trends include Nduja paste – a sausage based alternative to tomato sauce, and polpette, oversized meatballs.
Poke – think of Poke (pronounced ‘pohkeh’) as being like a chunkier version of sushi, if sushi really did mean just raw fish. Poke, originally hailing from Hawaii, involves large chunks of seasoned, raw fish, although meat and even vegetarian versions are emerging as it becomes more popular.
Kombucha – it’s a drink, rather than a food-stuff, but Kombucha looks set to be at the vanguard of beverages which people will imbibe during 2017 for reasons of health as much as taste. It is a raw, fermented tea which, so it is claimed, works wonders for the digestive system. Along similar lines, expect to see your hipster friends sipping ‘golden milk’ lattes, a drink containing fresh turmeric root.
Yogurt – you know all about yogurt, of course, but 2017 will see the emergence of a whole new type of yogurt. This is the vegetable yogurt. Instead of strawberry, raspberry or peach, expect to see yogurt flavoured with the likes of beetroot, carrot and tomato.
Insects – it wouldn’t be a look ahead at food trends if we didn’t mention edible insects. Every year experts predict that eating insects will finally become widely acceptable. Every year it doesn’t quite happen. In 2017, you can expect to see some brave chains offering the likes of deep fried locusts, as well as the slightly more feasible option of cooking with cricket flour.