Grand designs at Gloria
If you’re looking for extravagant Italian dining, then you’ve most definitely come to the right place because the decadent décor at this Shoreditch bar and restaurant has people swooning before they’ve even reached their seats. The menu might feature fresh pasta dishes, cured meats, Cicchetti sharing snacks and a selection of creamy burrata cheeses, but this place is a million miles from a traditional trattoria.
If you’ve ever enjoyed an Aperol Spritz then you’ve already encountered amaro, even if you weren’t aware of it at the time and, at Gloria, the bartenders serve Venice’s answer to the Aperol Spritz. The Spritz Veneziano is made with gin, prosecco, sparkling water, blood orange bitters and the floating city’s beloved Aperitivo Select.
Meanwhile, negroni fans should opt for the Negronly You cocktail. The special ingredient in this punchy blend of gin, Cinzano, Campari and figs is a dash of Amaro Montenegro, which is distilled in Bologna and features a fragrant blend of 40 botanicals, including vanilla, orange peel and eucalyptus. Named after Princess Elena of Montenegro when it was created in 1885, it’s a suitably royal end to any meal.
54-56 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3QR