Ok so Melanzana is not technically in SW6, but is a hop, skip and a jump over the bridge by Battersea Square, or a bus ride if you’re feeling less energetic. My mother lives in Battersea and occasionally I have to pacify her by coming ‘south of the river’ (eek!). Melanzana is in the 'posh' part of Battersea, for those who are not familiar, anywhere between the park and river is fabulous, Battersea Park Road and south...less so.
This Trattoria opened relatively recently and has since become a firm local Italian favourite with its neighbours. The decor is rustic chic, tables are packed closely together and the atmosphere is informal and buzzy. It is the perfect place to escape to on a cold winter’s evening and share a bottle of Italian red wine by candlelight. The delicatessen is groaning with cheeses, hams, oils and all things Italian and delicious. If that’s not enough to get you in the mood the olives are to die for, they were so fat and juicy I could have eaten 100.
We decided on the prawn and calamari special and grilled vegetables to start. The calamari was really excellent- perfectly succulent, crisp and by no means oily or chewy. The vegetables were grilled in what tasted like delicious truffle oil and were really flavoursome.
My mother, somewhat of a truffle fiend opted for the truffle and ricotta ravioli in truffle sauce for her main course. She said it was a little too salty but the ravioli was perfectly cooked. Deciding to ditch the January diet I went for the Capricciosa pizza which was huge and absolutely mouth-wateringly fantastic.
Melanzana is truly authentic- the staff are Italian, the wines are Italian and the service is Italian! It’s reasonably priced compared to similar restaurants in Chelsea and the pizza alone is well worth coming South of the river for.