Hands up who's ready for a carb heavy post?
It's starting to get to that time of year where I want to eat ALL the pasta and ALL the cheese for dinner and I think I've found just the perfect place to do that...
It's a little Italian restaurant hidden down the cute cobbled streets of East London, sandwiched between Liverpool Street Station and Spitalfields market.
While carbs are obviously on the agenda (Italians love carbs), it's not heavy or stodgy, just perfectly cooked and beautifully presented food.
We were invited for a review on a chilly Thursday evening so excitedly made the trip across London for a true Italian feast.
As soon as you walk in you're greeted by a light bright dining room and friendly attentive staff.
The restaurant is deceptively big, with tables hidden around cosy little corners in rooms themed on the different rooms you'd find in an Italian villa.
You'll find an old wooden bookshelf tucked away in the library, vintage cellos hanging in the music room and beautiful vases and flowers dotted all around.
The menu at La Tagliata is super simple menu, but the dishes here are spectacular!
They make all the food fresh in-house every day, including the delicious bowls of home-made bread and focaccia which you can nibble on as you plan your assault on the main menu.
Like I said, the menu is super simple. There's only a handful of starters, pasta and grills to choose from...which actually makes it kind of hard to pick!
I suggest you start with the antipasti platter to share (£18)
Slices of Italian charcuterie, warm focaccia topped with lard and marinated artichokes - ready to be piled high and dunked into the silky olive oil and Italian balsamic vinegar.
I would have loved a little tapenade on the side to tie it all together but the quality and taste of the meat were sensational.
Now for the mains...
You have to order the restaurant's namesake dish: La Tagliata di Manzo (£21)
You would totally be forgiven for thinking the name was more to do with tagliatelle but it's actually a dish made with thinly cut slices of steak on a bed of cherry tomatoes, rocket, Parmesan and a balsamic glaze.
It doesn't come with any other sides so you may want to order a little something to bulk your meal out.
There's garlic and rosemary potatoes (£4), grilled aubergine and courgette (£4.50) or our favourite sautéed spinach slathered in a potent garlic butter (£4.50)
Homemade pasta with courgettes and prawns sautéed and coated in a light brandy, parsley and lobster sauce (£12).
It's beautifully presented and tastes just incredible.
I didn't even think I liked Tiramisu until I tried this. Layers of savoiardi biscuits soaked in espresso coffee and mascarpone cream and finished with a dusting of chocolate.
Nothing like the stodgy, sloppy creations I've tried in the past. Il Tortino (£7) is another good choice for dessert. A warm chocolate fondant (£7) with an oozing chocolate and strawberry filled centre
...add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on there and I would be in heaven.
Overall we were really impressed with the food and atmosphere at La Tagliata.
Portion sizes are definitely on the fine-dining side but the quality and taste of the food were near perfection for us.
It would make a perfect place for a date or even just a catch-up with your best gal-pals after work. Try to bag a seat near the window and you can watch the hustle and bustle of the city go by!
La Tagliata is open Monday to Saturday in two sittings, either 2-2.15pm and 6-10.15pm...I urge you to book yourself a table!
11 Sandy’s Row, E1 7HW
* I was invited to review La Tagliata
Our food was complimentary but opinions are honest!