Goodbye Morgan M, welcome Apulia.  The site of the former’s restaurant in Long Lane, close to Smithfield market is now the venue for a brand new Italian restaurant specialising in the food of the Puglia – or perhaps more correctly Apulia – region of southeastern Italy.

Apulia restaurant in Long Lane

Apulia restaurant in Long Lane

The new restaurant – called Apulia –is an offshoot of two family run restaurants in the region centred around Bari.  Owner Vicenzo decided to bring his take on Apulia food to London and the new restaurant is the result – and in terms of sampling real southern Italian food deserves better success than its excellent predecessor on the site.  One hopes that Barbican residents, and others who read this news section on the Barbican Life website, may come and give it a try.  We will be reviewing it fully shortly.

On an initial look the décor has been kept simple and the pricing is very reasonable.  There is even a 2 course set lunch menu at £10 with a fair amount of choice.

Apulia in Long Lane is run by family member Alessandra  and has only been open for a month and has already achieved some rave reviews from customers.  An example from the Tripadvisor site is as follows: “As a born and bred Italian I am always quite picky about Italian food but this is probably the best Italian restaurant I’ve ever been to in London!”.  Praise indeed but only one among a number of top rated reviews by individuals.

Apulia is at No. 50 Long Lane, opposite the eastern end of Smithfield Market.  Telephone; 020  7600 8107