Gotto Trattoria is an independent, family-run restaurant located along the Canalside of Here East. The Canalside at Here East is home to some of London’s finest street food and restaurants, serving the most delicious and locally sourced produce, and Gotto Trattoria fits in perfectly! Whether you are needing a last minute Valentine’s Day idea, cocktails with some pals, or a quality meal that won’t break the bank, Gotto Trattoria offers an affordable and daily changing menu which includes hand rolled pasta, quality British fish and meat and seasonal Italian ingredients.
But their menu isn’t the only thing people are talking about. It’s their striking design and feel of an open kitchen with sit up dining and quirky art which creates a warm and authentic place for all that stop by. This week the London Living team caught up with the owner, Peter Hughes, to find out more!
I have read that Gotto Trattoria is a family-run Restaurant. How amazing to work with your family every day! What is the story behind why Gotto Trattoria opened?
I work with my brother Chris who is also a partner in the business. I have found it very rewarding to be able to work with someone I know and trust completely. Working with a family member can occasionally have its challenges but it is overwhelmingly a positive thing. We opened Gotto Trattoria with our other business partner Andrea Mantovani in 2016 as a sister restaurant to our Soho trattoria Mele e Pere. We loved the Here east location along the canal in Hackney Wick and we knew it was the right location for our new Gotto Trattoria to attract all the right people
Having the location of Gotto Trattoria on the banks of the River in Here East is a great spot! Is there a reason you chose that location specifically?
I was living close by at the time, just the other side of Victoria Park and I know the area well. Hackney Wick was just emerging as an exciting new destination in London and we jumped at the chance to open Gotto Trattoria in the new canalside location that was being developed.
The London Living team are huge pasta fans! What would you say are your most popular dishes on the menu?
We are pasta specialists at Gotto Trattoria so our homemade pasta dishes are the biggest draw. Our most popular dish is probably the homemade tagliatelle with beef ragu. It is a classic dish and like most great Italian dishes – it is simple and delicious.
What are the biggest changes you have seen in the area and community of Here East since opening in 2016?
The Here East campus has grown considerably since we opened in 2016. We were amongst the earliest to buy into the scheme and it’s been great to see the variety of companies and organisations that have come on board. Canalside still retains the same easy going Hackney vibe, but there are lots more people in the community which is great!
I spotted you make delicious cocktails! What ones on the menu bring your customers back for round two?
Our house specialty is our bottled negroni. Our secret recipe is made with our home made vermouth and we bottle the negroni in house. It’s delicious and hard to resist a second, or third round…
Where are your favourite places to visit in London on your days off?
I have moved slightly further East now and one of my favourite things to do at the weekend is to go for walks in Epping Forest with my wife and son. I also love going to Victoria Park, as there is a great pub called ‘The Empress’ just off the park where the cooking is always excellent.
What a great idea to book for Valentine’s Day! What specials will Gotto Trattoria have for all the romantics out there?
The menu will be a nice mix of Gotto Trattoria favourites with some Valentines specials. The romantics out there are to expect our signature lamb meatballs, linguine with clams garlic and chilli and a passion fruit panna cotta for desert!
And lastly, one of my favourite things to do is to make homemade pasta for my friends! Do you have any special Italian cooking tips (aka. secrets) for me?
The key to a great pasta dish is to take the time to sauté it in the pan together with your sauce. You can tell when the dish is ready to serve when the pasta itself becomes glistening, and almost shiny.