Search

Gotto Trattoria - a slice of the Italian Riviera on Hackney’s Canalside banks

PUBLISHED: 19:04 25 April 2017 | UPDATED: 19:04 25 April 2017

Gotto at Canalside

Gotto at Canalside

gotto

The drinks at Gotto got the thumbs up from us well before we got started on its Puglian inspired food.

Gotto at Canalside Gotto at Canalside

I’m a huge fan of chinotto – the Italian orange fizzy drink - and I was impressed Gotto makes its own house-blend spritz and signature bottled negroni for cocktails which have a similar bitter flavour.

The independent family-run diner at Canalside, in the former 2012 press building, specialises in hand-rolled pasta and sources seasonal ingredients from Italy which are bursting with flavour.

My children and a couple of friends shared several starters - but I would have liked the whole plate of the courgette fritters to myself if I’m being honest. Fried in a tempura style batter, the tiny slithers are crunchy and gnawish.

Calamaris (£6.50) are fresh and the batter is firm and crunchy, with a lovely lemon mayo. A small sharing pizzetta (£7) feels authentic as if you were in Naples, and the foccacia (£4) is nice and fluffy with a spicy olive oil. The burrata (£6.50) melts in your mouth.

Gotto at Canalside Gotto at Canalside

My daughter, 8 - who ended up eating more than anyone - was initially fairly devastated that the ravioli - which she had her eye on - was filled with beetroot. “I hate beetroot,” she complained. But once the main courses were served and she tasted the creamy ricotta subtleness inside the home made pasta, she decided to share her Tagliata steak with me. I wasn’t complaining as the thinly sliced meat with rocket and parmesan was also delicious.

By the time it came to desserts we were all stuffed – but a word of advice is not to share, even if you feel as though your stomach can’t take any more. The tiramisu was more thick cream than wet sponge, and my son who claimed he was too full for pudding ended up frantically scraping every last morcel from the glass.

The place was packed when we visited on Thursday, with a bunch of regulars trying the monthly tasting set menu on a long table. Atmosphere was enhanced with a live singer belting out Blondie to an acoustic guitar. Gotto is all about good ingredients cooked simply and well, and it was a real pleasure to dine out en famille at the place which offers a little slice of the Italian Riviera in Hackney Wick.

Gotto Trattoria, Canalside, Here East, E15 2GW.

Gotto at Canalside Gotto at Canalside

gotto.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

The Argentinean has described the club as special and believes anything is possible if everything is on the same page

17:00

Win tickets for you and a friend to see England v Nigeria at Wembley.

The director of football at O’s has insisted no decision over the academy has been made, but the club will see what happens over the next year

As the Kingsland Waste market is about to relaunch in July, Emma Bartholomew looks back at the market which started out as a tool market over a century ago, where you could buy TV sets that “never worked” and a man called Flash would sell the latest in gingham shirts

17:06

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after being hit by a car near Finsbury Park station.

Patients at St Joseph’s Hospice were thrilled to receive 50 stunning bouquets of flowers, made for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.

14:48

A group set up by traders in the London Fields arches to tackle huge rent hikes from Network Rail has rolled out its campaign nationally.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists