Monday 20 January 2014


In a warehouse in South Wimbledon, tucked away out of sight and almost undiscoverable, there resides a utopia of Italian food: Vallebona.  Hidden on an industrial estate, originally it wasn't open to the public – we only found out about it via my uncle, a native Venetian. 
Now it's becoming more and more popular, as the word spreads – and with good reason.  It's seriously good stuff, have no doubt of that.  You don’t just need to take my word for it, either – this is the business supplying the top end across the board, from Fortnum & Mason to Paxton & Whitfield, from Bocca di Lupo to The River Café.  This is a seriously good outfit.
Inside there's a chilled cheese meat room with all sorts of peculiar and wonderful morsels, all laid out to be sliced and diced to your heart's content by the legion of friendly helpers.

More generally the warehouse, now stretching over two rooms, is full of plenty of longer life samples – from the breads and pastas... countless jarred and bottled treats...

...grappa (as well as countless varieties of Italian wine)...
...and, of course, finishing off with magical Italian sweet goodies.
So, naturally, with all this on offer and on display, a feast back at the Grubster family home was mandatory.  And what a feast it was.  But more on that to come...

 - GrubsterBoy -

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