Swapping the streets of Spitalfields for South London, twin brothers Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi are set to open a permanent version of their much-loved meatball truck in June 2016. Sticking with their philosophy of simplicity and quality ingredients, the 40 cover restaurant and bar will open in Tooting, one of South London’s emerging foodie hot spots this summer.
Following a culinary crusade across Northern & Central Italy in search of the perfect meatball recipe, Livio & Lorenzo conceived Belpassi Bros meatball company. A series of creative collaborations followed including a month-long House of Peroni pop-up, a partnership with The Doodle Bar, and a menu within Bites, Camera, Action Union Street Café. 2015 also saw the family duo further their reach with the acquisition of a vintage 1967 Fiat van, quickly becoming a favourite of London’s iconic Old Spitalfields Market.
The Tooting restaurant menu will be built around a focal point of meatballs, their classic beef and pork meatball, and homemade sauces, served in a sandwich or on a base of polenta or homemade pasta. Joining these will be a selection of cicchetti, salumi, an array of new balls and sandwiches, plus daily specials and desserts – all inspired by their intimate knowledge of the Italian kitchen inherited from their Italian father.
Having spent the past few years developing their street food, the Belpassi Bros are ready to put down roots, with their first restaurant in Tooting – just a few miles from where they started.
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