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5 Reasons To Choose Private Dining With Bella Cosa

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

If you’ve got an event coming up, then you may well be planning to book a table somewhere for yourself and your guests, but here at Bella Cosa you can go one better and opt for our private dining offering.

We have an exclusive and intimate dining area just for those more private occasions, whether that’s a corporate meeting or an intimate function. We can seat up to 14 guests in our private wine room, which is the perfect setting for a party or a business meeting.

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, engagement, new job, or any other occasion, booking a private table is the perfect way to celebrate with your loved ones.

Why not gather your nearest and dearest together in our chic stylish private dining area and enjoy wining and dining together! Here are five great reasons to choose private dining here at Bella Cosa!

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You don’t need to set up

Typically when you throw a party you have to spend time preparing food and drinks, decorating the place, sorting out a sound system and all sorts of other bits and pieces.

But with private dining, our team are on hand to take care of you, and with our beautiful views and stylish surroundings, you won’t need to worry about what your guests will think of their surroundings.

 

You can relax

One of the great advantages of booking our private dining option is that you can totally relax and enjoy your time with us, safe in the knowledge that everything is being taken care of for you.

Throwing a party at home always means that you can never fully relax as you are constantly distracted by your hosting duties. Instead of worrying about how the event is going, even the organisers can sit back and enjoy themselves here at Bella Cosa and just focus on the food, drinks and company.

 

There’s no tidying up

Another perk of having your party or event with us here at Bella Cosa is that you won’t need to spend hours cleaning up once the party’s over. We’re more than happy to take care of the clearing up so you can enjoy your evening to the fullest.

Instead of dealing with cleaning, you’re free to head home to relax after all the fun is over, or even spend more time with your guests!

 

You won’t be disturbed

Holding a private party just feels that little bit more intimate and special than being surrounded by other tables of people, and if you’ve ever held an important business lunch in a busy restaurant with other things going on around you you’ll know that it just isn’t quite as productive as having your own space.

Plus, if you’re throwing a party you don’t need to worry about disturbing other people in the restaurant who are just out for a quiet bite to eat! Everybody is a winner when you choose private dining.

 

Our private dining menu

If you book a private dining event with us, you will be able to enjoy our exclusive private dining menu which offers great value and perfectly tailored dishes that you and your guests are sure to enjoy.

Our private dining menu is available for groups of eight or more people, and must be pre-ordered 3 working days before your event takes place. Be sure to let us know of any dietary requirements so that we can do our best to ensure everybody is accommodated.

You can enjoy three courses for £40 or four for £45 and can find the current menu here.

 

We hope this has inspired you if you are looking to host a party or event soon, as we would love to have you and your guests here at Bella Cosa. Be sure to check out our private dining page here where you can get in touch if you would like to make an enquiry.

Rounding Up the Best Nightlife Spots in Canary Wharf

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

A night out in London is like no other and with so many different boroughs and neighbourhoods, you can design the perfect night out for your tastes. Canary Wharf may be a hub of business during the weekdays, but come the evening, it turns into a lively location with plenty of bars to head to after work or after enjoying a sumptuous meal at Bella Cosa. Here are just a few of our favourite nightlife spots.

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Wahaca Canary Wharf and Terrace Bar

For something a little more relaxed, try out the Mexican-themed Wahaca Canary Wharf and Terrace Bar.

There’s plenty of fun to be had at the Terrace Bar with table football, swing chairs, and even a living plant wall. This is the perfect place to wind down and get into the Friday feeling. Prices here are very reasonable with cocktails costing around £7-8 – you can even order a bucket of beer to share with friends.

 

The Parlour

Located on Canada Square in the Park Pavilion, The Parlour holds a quiet class which encourages a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a few drinks in.

You can see the elements that have been inspired by a secret garden theme, with it being reflected in the drinks menu which features old classics as well as some exciting twists. You can expect to pay roughly £7-10 for a cocktail at The Parlour, or go for a sharer to enjoy with your friends.

 

Big Easy

With an American-inspired menu and interior, Big Easy is an exciting venue with a tempting drinks menu. There is a Rum Lounge where you can listen to live music or head to the terrace to get some great views of Canary Wharf.

The drinks menu features plenty of unusual cocktails from slushies to booze-soaked shakes. Expect to pay roughly £8-15 for the cocktails at this venue, or upgrade a slushie to a sharing bowl for £49.

 

28 West Bar

Sat right on the waterfront, 28 West Bar is a stylish bar with a relaxed atmosphere. During the summer months, the terrace offers a great place to sit and relax as you watch London move around you.

With a focus on young professionals, you can expect plenty of cocktails to choose from which cost around £9-10, but you can take advantage of their 2 for 1 Happy Hour offer between 5pm-7pm.

 

There are plenty of venues to take your pick from when you finish your meal at Bella Cosa and head out into Canary Wharf for an evening out. If you’re struggling to choose, just ask a member of our team who will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Why Italian is the Perfect Choice for a Family Meal

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

At Bella Cosa Restaurant, we are, not so surprisingly, big fans of Italian cuisine. Of course, it offers a huge range of delicious menu options with some of our favourite ingredients, but there are plenty of other benefits of Italian food as well. In fact, we think that it is the perfect food for the whole family to enjoy.

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Ingredients the Whole Family Will Love

There’s always a fussy eater in the family, whether they be young or old. This can make it a little challenging when you want to enjoy a meal out that each family member will love, and can also be a little tricky when you are cooking at home. However, when it comes to Italian cuisine, there are plenty of ingredients that even the fussiest of eaters will love.

 

Of course, there are plenty of vegetables, but there is also everything from pasta, to smoked meats, to smooth sauces and fresh bread. With so many delicious ingredients, there is sure to be something that each family member will love tucking into.

 

Ingredients Your Body Will Love

While you’re enjoying the fantastic flavours of Italian ingredients, your body will be loving all of their nutritional benefits. One reason why Italian food tends to be so good for you is because it is less likely to be processed. Italian cuisine places a heavy emphasis on using fresh ingredients so you get to feel the benefits of all the natural nutrients of these meals.

 

Endless Combinations

With Italian cuisine, you never have to get bored of eating the same food over and over again. There are endless combinations of ingredients, resulting in countless meal options, keeping you and the rest of your family interested. This also means that you can make sure that your family is getting plenty of different foods and is a great way of introducing them to new ones.

 

Simple to Create

When you are cooking for your family, Italian can be a fantastically simple cuisine to try out. In fact, you needn’t use pre-packaged sauces and other ingredients, even if you’re not particularly confident in the kitchen. A good tomato pasta sauce is particularly easy to whip up. Try out this recipe if you’re looking to give it a go.

 

Family Favourites

One of the best things about Italian cuisine is the fact that it features some of the best family favourites, so if you go out for a meal, you’re sure to see some of them on the menu. It’s hard to go wrong with foods such as pizza and pasta, so Italian restaurants can usually keep the whole family happy.

 

At Bella Cosa Restaurant, we serve a great selection of family favourites as well as some meals that may be a little less expected. With plenty of fresh ingredients, prepared expertly, you can be sure that you’ll be able to enjoy a fantastic meal with us.

Make sure to reserve a table online or get in touch with a member of our team if you would like to find out more.

5 Of The Best Sights in Canary Wharf

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Canary Wharf is one of the most iconic parts of the capital, with an instantly recognisable skyline. Within this small area of London, there is a lot to do and see, so if you come to visit us at Bella Cosa Restaurant, you can truly experience the financial area. When thinking about the best sights to see in London, you may not think of Canary Wharf at first, but there are plenty of places that we would highly recommend you visit.

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One Canada Square

One Canada Square is probably the most recognisable tower in Canary Wharf and towers above the rest of the skyscrapers at 770ft tall. In fact, this was the tallest skyscraper in London for 12 years until the completion of The Shard. The building is comprised of a number of offices for businesses across a range of industries, from non-profit to finance.

 

Unfortunately, there is no viewing platform, but you can enter the ground floor, foyer area and basement levels.

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Museum of London Docklands

You can take in plenty of history when you visit the Museum of London Docklands. The museum is inside a 200-year-old warehouse and features exhibits which tell the story of the River Thames and its relationship with London throughout the years.

 

This is a great place to visit for the whole family and has plenty to keep both the adults and kids entertained.

docklands museum

Right in the middle of Canary Wharf, you may be surprised to find a beautiful, green garden, surrounded by the towering skyscrapers. Crossrail Place Roof Garden is a beautiful and unique oasis, encased in a timber-framed dome so you can view the skyline of London while surrounded by this fantastic garden.

 

There are often performances and events held at the roof garden, which is open daily until 9pm.

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Jubilee Park

For more green space at Canary Wharf, head to Jubilee Park where you feel like you’ve stepped out of the city for a while. The park sits above the London underground, introducing a little peace and tranquillity into the area. There is a raised water channel which winds through the park, introducing nature sounds into this noisy city.

jubilee park

Canada Square Park

Perhaps surprisingly, there are more open green spaces to enjoy when you’re visiting Canary Wharf. Canada Square Park is an area of green space for the public to enjoy in the midst of some of the tallest buildings on the Isle of Dogs.

Canada Square Park is also home to the ice rink which comes to Canary Wharf every year from November until February. The ice rink is known as the best one in London and allows you to skate underneath the canopy of trees which are lit up by twinkling fairy lights.

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When you visit Canary Wharf, there is plenty to see and do. After a day of exploring the Isle of Dogs, why not visit us at Bella Cosa Restaurant to sample some of the finest food at Canary Wharf.

You use our online reservation form to book a table or contact a member of our team if you’d like to find out more about Bella Cosa.

How To Combine Italian Food and Wine At Home

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

There are few pairings in life that have stood the test of time as well as food and wine. When the perfect pairing is achieved, a golden, winning combination is unlocked, taking the senses on an unrivalled journey that can transport you to shores far and wide. The perfect pairing however, can be difficult to achieve, even when just considering our own native British cuisine, but when attempting to partner food from foreign lands, this challenge only becomes harder.

Italian cuisine is a firm favourite for Brits looking for something different, in fact, Italian restaurants were the public’s number one destination when dining out last year. When cooking at home, Italian is another steadfast option, and whether your home-alone, planning for a hot-date or catering for a dinner party for friends, nailing your drink choices to complement your food will only maximise the enjoyment your enjoyment of your meal.

Developing tasty food and wine pairing can be started by breaking down the complexities and simply experimenting with the key main flavour profiles. Here’s a closer look at the key pairings for food and wine pairing and why each one works. You’ll soon be one step closer to matching your food and wine like you’re a professional chef.

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6 Key Tips For Pairing Wine & Food
If you’re just getting started, you’ll find these tried and tested general methodologies produce some great pairings. That said, as you get more familiar with different wines, you’ll become confident and can experiment with new combinations.

  • Your wine should be more acidic in taste than the food.
  • If the main dish is sweet in taste, the wine should be sweeter than the food.
  • Avoid overpowering your palate and ensure wine has the same flavour intensity as the food.
  • Red wines generally pair best with boldly flavoured meat dishes
  • White wines usually pair best with light-intensity meats such as fish
  • It is better to match the wine with the sauce than with the meat, as that is the main source of the flavour

 

Pairing wine with types of Italian dish

Pairing wine with pasta

Matching wine with pasta is hugely dependent on the sauce, as that is the core part of the flavour. We’ve compiled the wine matches for the 3 most popular sauces.

White sauce

Any wine chosen for a dish such as a Carbonara, will need to match and cut through the taste and texture of the creamy sauce. A good quality Pinot Grigio is a great place to start. You want a light and crisp taste with citrus fruits. Look for Pinot Grigio from regions in the northeast of Italy.

Meat sauce

Bolognese or beef ragu sauces are rich and comforting, with a huge depth of flavour when cooked. Because of the inclusion of meat and depth of flavour a ragu sauce can achieve, you can look to feature wines with more power. Hearty red wines from in Tuscany feature complex flavours of earthy spices, leather and mellow oak, all of which can bring any meat based ragu sauce to life. 

Red sauce

Arrabiata is a classic tomato based sauce, a real recognised classic of Italian cuisine. Lighter versions of this sauce can match very well with a wide range of Italian whites such as Verdicchio, Pinot Grigio and Gavi. Once you begin to add basil, garlic and other vegetables, then the lighter, red wines, also start to be great potential matches, including Chianti from Tuscany and Dolcetto from Piedmont.

Pairing wine with risotto

Wine matching for risotto is similar in process to matching wine with pasta. No one wine fits all; it depends on the key recipe ingredients and accompaniment to this classic dish. Light risotto, made with vegetables or seafood, requires the crisper white wines from Northern Italy. Mushroom or red meat risottos can be rich and savoury, allowing a good match with medium bodied red wines, such as Pinot Nero or Dolcetto.

Pairing wine with pizza

Italian red wine is the perfect match for pizza. It’s a great example of the wine and food from similar regions matching each other perfectly, as they are set up to compliment tomato sauce and cut through the melted mozzarella. Try a wine made from the Chianti region or Light Valpolicella from the Veneto region. Generally,  light, dry Italian whites will work should you decide to top your pizza with ingredients such as ricotta or fish.

At Bella Cosa, we have a comprehensive wine list that offers the perfect complement to both our exquisite lunch and dinner choices. Let us suggest some pairings for you to sample and ensure that your meal is perfectly complimented. Book your table and join us by the river.

Get To Know The Basics Of Italian Food

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Italian food is by far one of the most popular types of cuisine in the world, loved by people all over the world and served in restaurants in pretty much every town and city in the UK.

But real authentic Italian food is a little bit different to what you’ll find at your typical chain restaurants, or in a jar of sauce from the supermarket. While those who are not Italian themselves often think of pizza and spaghetti when identifying Italian food, and some people are of the opinion that most Italian food is all pretty similar, you may be surprised at just how much variation there is region by region if you travel through Italy.

We thought we’d put together a little bit of a piece on the basics of Italian food so that you can learn a little bit more for yourself.

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The Freshest Ingredients

In Italy, people will commonly buy produce from local markets rather than supermarkets, and the fruit and vegetables will be full of far more flavour because they haven’t been picked before they are fully ripe. Vegetables bought fresh will be seasonally appropriate rather than imported, so Italians tend to cook different foods at different times of the year.

In the summertime, you will find a lot of radishes, aubergine, beetroot, courgettes, beans, peas, and tomatoes in dishes, whereas in the winter you are likely to be served more artichokes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, fennel, cabbage, spinach and turnips.

Regional Influences

Due to the fresh produce used in Italian cooking, you will also find that different parts of the country will have access to different produce. Historically, the country was split into different kingdoms and states that did not have too much to do with one another, meaning there are plenty of regional specialities.

The Margherita pizza was conceived in Naples, with legend having it that it was created especially for Queen Margherita of Savoy in 1889, with the traditional toppings of tomatoes, mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and basil leaves being intended to resemble the colours of the Italian flag.

Lasagne hails from Bologna, where food tends to be very rich. It is filled with ground meat (either pork or beef) bolognese, handmade noodles, bechamel sauce and topped with white wine, carrot, tomato, butter, and plenty of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

In Tuscany, they are lucky enough to have the ideal growing conditions for white truffles, which are very rare, as well as the rare black variety. As a result, you’ll find them used in Tuscan fare.

Antipasto is a classic appetiser in Tuscany, a simple mixed plate of bread, pate, cheese and cured meat. In Tuscany, they tend to favour food that is rich and simple.

Siciliy is a little bit different to the mainland, as they have been influenced by Arabs and Normans and other cultures throughout history, so you will find a few unique dishes on this island. Cannoli and arancini are a few such examples!

Italian Food Outside Of Italy

Funnily enough, the foods that are often marketed as ‘Italian’ or ‘Italian-style’ in supermarkets and on menus in restaurants will be nothing like real Italian food, and the word ‘authentic’ does not guarantee that it truly is.

Unless you are planning a trip to Italy yourself soon, you may be wondering how you can find a true taste of Italy for yourself. You are best off heading to a restaurant where the chef is actually from Italy themselves, as you will get the most authentic experience from somebody who really knows what they are doing when it comes to Italian flavours.

Our chef here at Bella Cosa is originally from Brindisi in southern Italy and has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to cooking delicious Italian dishes that are true to their roots. Why not join us for a meal and see for yourself?