Italian cuisine is about as traditionally romantic as it gets for date night, but sometimes you want to expand your horizons beyond the pasta and red sauce of your neighborhood trattoria. When that time comes for you, look beyond mainland Italy to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Even seasoned Italophiles are spoilt for choice – and novelty – at London’s Isola del Sole, which specializes in Sardinian cuisine. Upon entering, the warm white walls interrupted by black trim and illuminated by bare candelabras may seem like the typical affair, but the similarities end with the first glance at the menu, which will keep you and your date tongue-tied trying to pronounce all the different dishes. Order a bottle of Sardinian wine and then jump right into the antipasto sardo, cutting the traditional seadas in two and sneaking just a little more than your fair portion of sausage, guanicale and pecorino. If you feel a little lost without the typical pizza and veal saltimbocca, grab one of the resident Sardinian waiters for some suggestions. After a brief walk through of the unique fishy texture of the caviar-topped spaghetti alla bottarga and the unctuous umami of the pappardalle with wild boar ragu, the only tough choice is how much you’re willing to share. Order a tiramisu to split with your date as two small demitasses of mirto are deposited on your table. From the first crisp bite of pane carasau to the last sip of syrupy myrtle-flavored digestif, Isola del Sole will open your eyes to just how expansive Italian cuisine really is.

Isola del Sole

16 Lacy Rd London SW15 1NL

44 20 8785 9962

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