***PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT ACCEPT BOOKINGS WITH TASTE CARDS***
You could spit a cherry stone from Southwark’s Borough Market to the doorstep of Del Mercato, a charming dining and drinking family consisting of an elegant Italian restaurant, a rustic trattoria, an open-air restaurant, and a chic bar. The whole lot are tucked under the rail bridge along Park St, in the Vinopolis Yard complex between London Bridge and Southwark Bridge Road, and with such a variety of gustatory options, there’s something for everyone that happens to be wandering through this quaint and warren-like quarter of London.
Del Mercato, set along Park Street in the the winding complex of lanes that make up Vinopolis Yard in London’s Southwark, is a popular destination for authentic Italian-style lunches and dinners. Both the a la carte and group menus represent the best of Italy, made from Italian produce by hands wise to the traditional ways. But Del Mercato’s elegant ristorante is just the beginning. Saturday sees the crowds from nearby Borough Market descending (with armloads of truffles, organic greens and premium cold cuts) on Del Mercato’s trattoria, set into the barrel-vaulted halls right under the rail bridge. Here the focus is on freshly baked pizza, with a selection of antipasti, pasta dishes, and grilled meat and seafood to boot. They even do a Neapolitan pizza fritta – fried pizza (not for the faint of heart).
Come the summer months, guests can enjoy Del Mercato’s La Piazza, an open door restaurant tucked behind these Vinopolis Yard, Park Street premises, whose only canopy resembles the props room of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Again, the order of the day here is fresh, authentic Italian cuisine. Finally there’s Del Mercato’s bar, popular with London’s after work drinks crowds. Italian classics like Aperol and Campari spritzers, an inimitable selection of Italian wines, bottled Italian beers, aperitifs and digestifs, with the option of small, nibble-sized versions of Del Mercato’s most popular dishes, pull people in from far beyond Southwark.
We had a superb meal at the Del Mercato. The staff were friendly and very professional, and we would certainly book again. We will also be recommending the Del Mercato to friends.
The meal was delicious but the portion size (in the downstairs restaurant) was quite small e.g. one small scoop of Ice cream for dessert for £4.50. The waitress was pleasant and she explained well what meals were available without additional cost when we used a pre booked card from Buy a Gift. A photo of the restaurant in their advertising shows only bar stools but I was pleased that tables and chairs were also available. All in all a vey good experience.
We arrived 1 hour early for our reservation and was accommodated. Food amazing would highly recommend and looking to rebook in the very near future