Restaurant Review: Wolf Italian Restaurant. Homeboy and I popped into Wolf on Stoke Newington High Street for brunch last weekend. We enjoyed the food so much that we booked an evening meal there last night. If you’re looking for an Italian Restaurant in Stoke Newington, best places to eat in N16 or weekend brunch in Stokie, give Wolf Italian Restaurant a try.
“You’ll never be hungry like a wolf when you eat at this adorable restaurant serving authentic Italian food in the heart of Stoke Newington,” Homegirl London
Antony Difrancesco (owner) and Karla Knowles (head chef) create seasonal and regional Italian dishes. If you’re hankering for weekend brunch pop in and get your fill of avocado with poached eggs on sourdough dressed in lemon, chilli and coriander. Satisfy your hunger with a dish of spiced beans and baked eggs with buffalo ricotta. For a sweet treat order the polenta pancakes with mascarpone and jam.
Avocado with Poached Eggs
Book yourself a table if you want to guarantee a seat for the evening. The menu is full of well executed Italian inspired dishes. Antipasti includes fried salted cod with orange and sprout tops with a spicy tomato sauce. The gnocchetti (version of gnocchi) was delicately flavoured with wild mushrooms, butter, parsley and a sprinkling of parmesan. I enjoyed every spoon full of the thick and creamy celeriac soup with a swirl of walnut pesto and grilled focaccia which was perfect for dunking.
There were a few pasta dishes including bucatini (similar to spaghetti with a hole running through it) with venison shin and porcini ragu. We tried the tonnarelli (spaghetti) with creamed aubergines, spinach, chilli, basil, pine nuts and pecorino which was delicious.
Other vegetarian mains included the pumpkin parmigiana with celeriac, chard, ricotta and sage. This had a sweet taste and was carefully layered. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and fancy it right now!
My friend tucked into a sizeable pork belly complete with crackling and pear chilli chutney. With a chunk of braised savoy cabbage, it was a hearty meal. The other meat dish was braised beef. Alternatively, the braised octopus with crispy chick peas was available for sea food lovers. Braising and cabbage seemed to be a running theme here!
We only ordered one dessert to share because we were completely stuffed. We tried the chocolate cremaux which was a mousse accompanied with crème fraiche … yummy! Otherwise it’s a classic tiramisu, affogato or ice cream. Prices for antipasti are £6-14, pasta is £13.50-15, mains are £15.50-24 and desserts are £5.50-8.
Wolf Italian Restaurant Interiors
The restaurant exterior looks smart and contemporary. Inside you find an inviting and intimate space. The décor has a mid-century modern flavour with comfy wooden Danish armchairs and marble table tops. The floor was covered in grey hexagonal tiles. Screens with bevelled glass section up the room for privacy. The living wall full of plants was a fresh and fun feature. Wolf is a great spot for a cosy supper with your loved one in the evening or brunch hangout with your friends at the weekend.
Wolf Italian Restaurant Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the Wolf Website. The address is 110 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7NY. The nearest station is Rectory Road Overground. Current opening times listed are Monday to Friday 6-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday 11am-9pm.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London, interiors picture from the restaurant. Thanks: Homeboy and Rich for dining out with me.