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messageLovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by DaisyBailey 26 April, 2017 10:59

Hello,
I know this is a bit random but I wanted to post a message about Signoria on Lordship Lane, the new (ish) Italian cafe/restaurant opposite the French House. I used to live in Italy and really miss no-frills, well-priced, decent, Italian cooking but this is it (Il Mirto's is also really good but more for the evening).

The owner,Maurizio, is Italian and really accommodating. The chefs are Italian so the pasta is perfectly cooked and having been in a couple of times, this is my new favourite place to take the kids for lunch or get some work done while not spending an arm and a leg. The coffee is also really good and there is free WiFi. Fyi.

I just wanted to share as not many people seem to know about the place/have tried it.

Thanks a lot,
D

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher 26 April, 2017 13:40

I second the coffee - very good. And the free limoncello was very welcome too!

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by siousxiesue 26 April, 2017 17:23

I agree the food and coffee are nice ( and authentic) but I think it used to be Mon P'tit Choux caf which was very popular so naturally it's taken a while to build up again.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by tomskip 26 April, 2017 18:56

If they have a better choice of music and at a lower volume than Mon Petit Choux I will happily give it a go!

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Mrs TP 26 April, 2017 19:33

It took them a while to get their act together - they were painfully slow at first and I fear haemorrhaged many regulars of the previous set up. However, we went in over Easter for lunch and it was lovely and service much faster. The owner made one of my girls a gorgeous strawberry milkshake - over judged the ingredient quantities and so gave me an extra glass for free. Food was lovely and a step up in quality from previous set up although v similar offereings. Would love to see that place heaving again having been going for 17+ yrs and new team seeming settled.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by JayBe 26 April, 2017 22:52

My husband adores Italian cuisine, so, will definitely pop around)))
Is there anything veggie?

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by movingeast 27 April, 2017 21:46

Hi, I grabbed lunch here this week - ordered a pasta alla norma, which is veggie.

Penne pasta, light tomato sauce, Fried aubergine and cubes of mozzarella. I felt that the sauce was under seasoned - it needed salt and a pinch of sugar, in my opinion. But it was perfectly pleasant, the service was one, and I noticed several other Italian people who are obviously regulars which was lovely to see.

I noticed they had a sign for a home-made meatballs, and I can never resist a meatball so I will definitely be going back to try them.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by movingeast 27 April, 2017 21:47

...dictating on the phone I meant to say service was warm!

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Polytunnel 04 May, 2017 14:26

My friend Dave & I are regular customers at Signoria ! In fact we are there at the moment. Dave had the lasagna, I had the tomato soup ....... this restaurant is so very good. Lovely food charming people & the coffee is just the best. Most definitely worth a visit oh and don't forget the gorgeous meatballs !!!!!

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Flintstone 21 January, 2018 18:42

Without doubt, the Signria is a welcome addition to Lordship Lane and since its arrival has been getting better and better. The food and drinks are excellent, the staff are always friendly and attentive, and the ambience is relaxissimo. One feels one can pop in for a hasty caff or to enjoy a full Italian meal; and being satisfied that the visit was well worth it, there is the assurance that another visit will soon be made.
Where to find the ristorante in Lordship Lane? Well, it is opposite the Co-op and the red in its name shows where exactly you should head to.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Robert Poste's Child 21 January, 2018 19:38

You created a profile just to revive this thread plugging a business. Do you have connection with the business, by any chance?

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Robert Poste's Child 21 January, 2018 19:41

Just like the previous poster, in fact...

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Michael Palaeologus 21 January, 2018 19:45

Yes and press-ganged nine innocent, naive and innocent Forumites to make similarly positive comments in support of a new ED business.

This runs against the normally negative and destructive comments about local enterprises that the Forum holds so dear and as such is to be condemned.

Anything else positive and constructive we can p*ss on while we are at it?

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messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by moondancer 21 January, 2018 20:20

I counted 5 'regulars?' one newby ish and 3 fishers - RPC's instincts are legendary - besides, she is literary and recognises - 'we are there at the moment' would read 'we are here at the moment' if in fact they were.

The next recommendation is in restaurant speak as though it has been translated.


The initial post suggests that the fisher at one time worked for Michael Caine

Who is being destructive or negative? and ready to be condemned?

There is a difference between a bona fide restaurant/cafe experience which people want to share and 3
dubious postings, remarked upon.

As one erstwhile and missed poster here opined : "they never learn, do they?"

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by alice 21 January, 2018 20:23

Ok heres a regular poster Great little cafe with possibly the best coffee in town

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by moondancer 21 January, 2018 20:24

you see? Alice knows best !!!

also like to point out that this thread is in the incorrect section

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by KidKruger 21 January, 2018 21:28

stopped going there when after 4 or 5 successive weekends the early Sat morning sandwich I'd been popping-in for for years just wasn't being made as requested (and agreed). It was a simple sandwich, but the person serving just didn't understand enough English to execute it I guess, although I was told each time it would be as requested.
In the end I can't make weekly cash donations and not get what I want, there's loads of other places to get it. So I did the loyal customer bit and it wasn't working (for me).
I'm not that fussy, but get the simple stuff right, right ?
Also there was a server with rotting teeth which put me off, that's just wrong.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by bels123 21 January, 2018 21:48

Im missing Mon Petit Chou

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Reg Smeeton 21 January, 2018 21:51

Another vote from me for Signoria - very good food and smoothies, good value and friendly service. What's not to like?

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Robert Poste's Child 21 January, 2018 22:19

moondancer Wrote:
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> RPC's instincts are legendary

I find your post quite catty.

Of course I could be wrong in this case, and I apologise if so, but in my 10+ years on this forum it's been a very regular occurrence.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Sue 22 January, 2018 17:51

I don't think moondancer was having a go at you, RPC?

And yes, that post from Flintstone reviving the thread after eight months sounds like one of those effusive paid for "reviews" you get in local papers, rather than the usual kind of forum post. But what would I know?

It's a shame, because they have the opposite effect on me to what is presumably intended. It puts me off going to the place in question.

It's the "crushed and devalued" thing all over again ......

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by moondancer 23 January, 2018 13:43

Robert Poste's Child Wrote:
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> moondancer Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > RPC's instincts are legendary
>
> I find your post quite catty.
>
> Of course I could be wrong in this case, and I
> apologise if so, but in my 10+ years on this forum
> it's been a very regular occurrence.


an astonishing analysis !!!

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by moondancer 23 January, 2018 13:48

Sue Wrote:
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> I don't think moondancer was having a go at you,
> RPC?
>
> And yes, that post from Flintstone reviving the
> thread after eight months sounds like one of those
> effusive paid for "reviews" you get in local
> papers, rather than the usual kind of forum post.
> But what would I know?
>
> It's a shame, because they have the opposite
> effect on me to what is presumably intended. It
> puts me off going to the place in question.
>
> It's the "crushed and devalued" thing all over
> again ......


Thank you Sue, good sense and a correct reading of my post.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by DovertheRoad 23 January, 2018 17:21

Regular poster here. I also like this place and the people running it. Breakfast is good...only tweak would be to offer other egg styles than scrambled. I go there often.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by DulwichFox 23 January, 2018 17:41

DovertheRoad Wrote:
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> Regular poster here. I also like this place and
> the people running it. Breakfast is good...only
> tweak would be to offer other egg styles than
> scrambled. I go there often.

With Scrambled Eggs, you can make a big pan of it and keep it warm. (easy)
Then just put a dollop of it on toast and you are done.

Fried eggs need to be done individually.
Poached eggs are a little more tricky and chefy to get them right.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by mrwb 23 January, 2018 19:06

I was in there last week for lunch and it was great. I hope they do well. Great staff and food.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by Cedges 23 January, 2018 19:15

DulwichFox Wrote:
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> With Scrambled Eggs, you can make a big pan of it
> and keep it warm. (easy)
> Then just put a dollop of it on toast and you are
> done.
>
> Fried eggs need to be done individually.
> Poached eggs are a little more tricky and chefy to
> get them right.

You are likely absolutely right about the reason. But if they can't fry/poach an egg to order, they shouldn't be running a cafe!

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by NMC 25 January, 2018 14:07

Is the second time when I when there for breakfast and it was great.Good food and great staff.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by JoeLeg 25 January, 2018 14:20

DulwichFox Wrote:
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> DovertheRoad Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> With Scrambled Eggs, you can make a big pan of it
> and keep it warm. (easy)
> Then just put a dollop of it on toast and you are
> done.

I cannot begin to describe the multiplicity of ways in which doing that in a serving kitchen is an invitation to cross-contamination and general bacterial infection. Never seen it done, would not eat anywhere that does it. Im not saying thats what this place does; I have no idea why they only serve scrambled.



>
> Fried eggs need to be done individually.
> Poached eggs are a little more tricky and chefy to
> get them right.

Poached eggs are the easiest of all, they arent cheffy at all, and I speak as someone who runs a kitchen where we cook eggs fried, scrambled or poached to order for brunch, which on the weekend is a lot of eggs.

All that being said, its good to hear people like the place.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was 2018:01:25:14:21:28 by JoeLeg.

messageRe: Lovely New Italian Cafe on Lordship Lane
Posted by DulwichFox 25 January, 2018 14:27

JoeLeg Wrote:
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> DulwichFox Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > DovertheRoad Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > With Scrambled Eggs, you can make a big pan of
> it
> > and keep it warm. (easy)
> > Then just put a dollop of it on toast and you
> are
> > done.
>
I cannot begin to describe the multiplicity of
ways in which doing that in a serving kitchen is
an invitation to cross-contamination and general
bacterial infection. Never seen it done, would not
eat anywhere that does it. Im not saying thats
what this place does; I have no idea why they only
serve scrambled.


How do you think they prepare scrambled eggs in Schools and Hospitals ?? Cook them individually ?

Don't be ridiculous..

DulwichFox

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