Coming from dramatic landscapes spanning much of the Italian Peninsula, three gems have made an outsized impression due to their exceptional quality and remarkable versatility. They are the embodiment of the “small but mighty” ethos, bringing a taste of Italy’s diverse terroirs and traditions to the tables of London’s finest restaurants.

Alto Adige DOC Wines

Alto Adige DOC Wines, which hail from the enchanting Alpine region also known as Südtirol, hold an Italian record, with over 98% of its winegrowing areas protected under the DOC regulations, which ensures the production of the highest quality wines.

Celebrated for their alpine freshness and purity, these cool climate wines are delightfully elegant and crisp, like this one from Majestic at £16.99

Etna DOC Wines

Etna DOC Wines, born of the fiery slopes of Mount Etna from vineyards which crawl up to an altitude of 1000m above sea level on the volcano, bring a touch of volcanic allure to London’s wine scene. The meticulous hand-picking of grapes in these two exceptionally beautiful regions underscores their unwavering commitment to upholding the highest quality standards and producing the most premium wines.

M&S has this well priced Etna Rosso DOC for £12 – also available at Ocado

Pecorino Romano DOP

Meanwhile Pecorino Romano DOP, the famed cheese of Roman emperors which many consumers have known and loved for years adds a timeless touch of decadence to London’s finest restaurants.

The London Culinary Scene

While these products, especially the wines, may have small origins, their impact on the London culinary scene is undeniably mighty. Alto Adige and Etna wines have significantly contributed to the wine landscape within London’s top Italian restaurants.

In a city which thrives on culinary excellence, 14 out of the 19 venues featured in Time Out’s 20231 list of ‘best Italian restaurants in London’ have embraced these exceptional wines, with many offering multiple options on their extensive wine lists.

For instance, Trullo, located in Highbury & Islington, boasts a delightful selection of 8 wines from the regions, providing consumers with a diverse and enticing array to choose from. Locanda Locatelli based in Marylebone has a wide range of Alto Adige wines to choose from, with 21 on their wine list, and a still impressive 9 options of Etna wines to choose from as well.

Additionally, a recent article on Foursquare shines the spotlight the top 15 destinations for Pecorino Romano enthusiasts in London, underlining the undeniable demand for this delectable cheese.

Leading the list is Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, where patrons enthusiastically applaud the Pecorino Romano and basil casarecce dish.

Meanwhile, Bocca di Lupo stands out with its ever-changing seasonal menu, currently featuring a delightful salad of truffled radish, celeriac, pomegranate & Pecorino Romano.

The presence of these three exceptional Italian products in London’s vibrant culinary scene is nothing short of remarkable. The ‘small but mighty’ ethos embodied by these products has not only captured the hearts of the city’s diners but has also been embraced by some of the city’s top Italian restaurants. As these Italian gems continue to make their mark in the capital, they are a testament to the power of quality, tradition, and the ability of small origins to leave a lasting impression, inviting consumers on a journey to discover the dramatic landscapes of the Bel Paese.