Despite sounding remarkably similar to what Italians call Nigella Lawson, Cucina Asellina's actually a "rustic Italian" joint from the STK folks, slapped right next door in the far-from-rustic 5-star ME hotel in Covent Garden. The luxuriously appointed dining room sports marble floors & a central "wine wall" orbited by leather banquettes & huge circular wood tables, setting the stage for an increase in your own circumference. … And here's how: steak, here served tagliata-style (sliced into hunks) w/ caramelised onions & winter vegetables, with further options like suckling pig pizza, grilled prawns w/ blueberries, or a pile of uber-simple pasta w/ pomodoro, basil, and square spaghetti, which clearly isn't served cool. But the drinks are, like the rum/ vermouth/ lemon Vesuvio, or this signature vodka/ limoncello/ raspberry concoction called the Signora Asellina -- what they call Nigella when she's out of the kitchen.
Timothy DeLaGhetto and David So Travel the World Through Their Taste Buds at the World's Fare Food Festival in Queens, NY