Informal and friendly, La Brava's Italian deli-bistro vibe promises a relaxed drink, snack or meal in a quiet, leafy suburban neighbourhood.
Nestled among beautiful red sandstone houses and adjoining a few local amenities, La Brava is a versatile neighbourhood deli and restaurant serving up good café staples alongside Italian delicacies. Their assaggini (small plates) are enticing as part of a light lunch, perhaps with soup of the day, or ordered tapas-style in the evening and shared among friends. Choose three or four per person to mix and match contrasting textures and flavours – fresh, crisp, lightly battered calamari fritti with a squeeze of lemon goes nicely with homemade ravioli stuffed with a creamy smoky-sweet filling of aubergine and ricotta. Best of all is the good selection of specials that show off head chef and co-owner Aris Moccia’s passion for Italian cooking – a little different is the gnocchi alla romana made using polenta and baked to golden. When it comes to dessert you really are spoiled for choice. Among the grown-up desserts are amaretto gateau, Italian-style bread and butter pudding, and torte nonna. If you’re feeling mischievous there’s seriously indulgent ice-cream combinations to be had, and one titled Triple XXX comes with fresh strawberries and a shot of Sambuca.
- High point: Varied exciting menu
- Low point: Zucchini fritti in over-heavy batter
- Notable dish: Gnocchi alla romana
- Delivery: starting from £2
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 35 (12 outdoors)
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £17 per bottle
- BYOB: £7 corkage