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by | Posted on 1st August 2013

This vibrant new Italian bakery and restaurant, promises to bring an authentic taste of the Mediterranean to Islington next month. Inspired by the traditional gastronomia and pasticceria of Italy, Vivo will offer regional cuisine geared towards its casual all-day dining concept.

Vivo is the first venture from brothers Will and Ben Thompson who have drawn upon their travel experiences and passion for Italian food and culture. The main focal point will be a striking, 14 metre granite counter with a separate drinks bar from which orders will be taken and the food and drink served.

Dishes will include freshly baked ciabatta and focaccia, torte rustica (Italian savoury pies), authentic Roman pizza ‘al taglio’ (rectangular slices), fresh salads, speciality cheese and meat boards. Heartier options include favourites such as lasagne and cannelloni. A selection of Italian desserts, pastries and sweets will also be available such as ‘gianduja’ chocolate tart with raspberry puree.

In keeping with continental café culture, coffee is set to be a key part of Vivo’s appeal, and will be supplied by Neapolitan roaster Kimbo. Don’t worry though, there is also wine, prosecco and a range of Italian beers, spirits and cocktails while aperitivo hour is celebrated during early evening where complimentary snacks are served with your drinks.

Design features include the use of split face timber panels, dark granite surfaces, Rossendale stone walls and a combination of oak and York stone flooring. The ground floor will cater for up to 50 covers with a mix of communal and individual tables and there’s also an open air roof terrace (seating 35).

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