Reviewed by Dorothy White
Yesterday my daughter, granddaughter and I travelled into London to meet Christina who had come over from Italy to set up Terracafe in London! Another branch of Terracafe is due to open in Manchester very soon.
Terracafe at Tuscany Corner is only a short walk from Victoria Station, it is in Fountain Square on Buckingham Palace Road. As Victoria Coach Station is just a step away, and the Green Line stop is on the main road that runs alongside Fountain Square, it is in an ideal position to attract coach passengers who are both arriving and departing London from early morning until late at night. Coach tickets are also sold from a desk in the cafe!
As we arrived earlier than arranged we went in to check we had the right place. Unfortunately Christina was running late and we were asked to sit and have a drink while we waited for her.
Christina arrived after a morning of problems and invited us to share some pasta with her; she suggested Ragu as my granddaughter aged eight will not eat anything spicy. This was served with a huge glass of white wine produced in Tuscani, only for the adults of course, my granddaughter had coca cola.
She explained Terracafe was not a restaurant, it was a bar/cafe selling just three types of pasta dishes each day to ensure everything was always fresh and of the highest quality. There were tables with seating for around 12 people, plus stools at the bar and counter. Food was available to take away.
All the cheese, salami and other products served or sold in the cafe were produced at Terracafe’s own small organic farm in Tuscani and delivered to London fortnightly. There was a display of cheese, truffles and salami in refrigerated cabinets, plus wine, pasta and jars of their products all available for sale.
Once we had finished the delicious pasta Christina brought out a platter of cheese with three types of salami and bread for us to try. She said this was a very popular dish for sharing. I loved the cheese with truffles she had chosen, and preferred the salami with the peppered edge to the other two, although they were all very nice and tasty.
My granddaughter tried the cheese and salami but wasn’t keen so was given a chocolate chip muffin instead.
We finished our lunch with our choice of tea, coffee and cola having been made to feel very welcome by Christina.
We left her feeling we had known her for years! Terracafe will certainly be a huge success with Christina at the helm!
123-151 Buckingham Palace Road