Published on June 4th, 2015 | by Sophia Longhi0
House of Peroni Pop Up, Shoreditch
Nothing has marked the transition from spring into summer in London quite like this year’s House of Peroni. Taking up a month-long residency on Brick Lane, it has been an experiential showcase of modern Italian culture, with a focus on food, music and art.
The House of Peroni takes inspiration from the traditional Italian piazza – the heart of the city, teeming with life and soul, energy, gossip – and, of course, food and drink. Designer Simon Costin and sculptural artist, Rebecca Louise Law, who has created the outdoors indoors with her stunning work using real flowers, have brought to life the look and feel of a piazza. Food specialists, Strazzanti, have ensured that Italy’s best produce has made it to Brick Lane, and a menu of enticing and dynamic dishes has been rustled up by Michelin-starred Sicilian chef, Accursio Craparo.
It has been the cocktails that have caught my eye, though (somewhat unsurprisingly), and my hat goes off to mixologist Simone Caporale, who has been able to successfully incorporate Peroni into a diverse list of delicious cocktails. Inspired by memories of Italy, the drinks are fun, playful and complex, using foams, vapours and infusions. My favourite is the Nightwalk Gelato, made with lime sorbet, Peroni and mezcal – complete with an upside-down ice-cream cone to nibble on. An extremely well-balanced drink, the woody mezcal doesn’t overpower and is moreover complemented by the citrusy sorbet.
Peroni have proved themselves to be excellent hosts, running a series of events from coffee evenings to private dining experiences to cinema screenings throughout the residency. Every Friday is celebrated with Sapori di Sicilia, an evening where the space is filled with artisanal traders selling traditional Sicilian-inspired street food.
The House of Peroni is running up until the 10th of June, so there is still time to enjoy a taste of Italy, piazza style.
House of Peroni, 152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU. Over 18s only. No admission feeShare This Post