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Our opening times
Monday - Wednesday:
Last orders 10.15
Thursday - Saturday:
Last orders 10.25
Ida is a neighbourhood restaurant in Queens Park. Situated in a pretty, grade II listed cornershop, it offers home-cooked Italian food six days a week to hungry locals and regulars.
Almost uniquely in London restaurants, Ida’s pasta is made freshly every day and rolled entirely by hand. A dying art even in Italy, hand-rolled pasta is infinitely superior to anything produced by a machine, as its rougher texture traps and holds sugo on to its surface.
Ida is owned and run by a husband and wife team, Simonetta and Avi, whose Italian roots are Tuscany and Le Marche, respectively. While neither had any experience in the restaurant business, (Simonetta is a novelist, while Avi is an engineer) , Avi, in particular grew up in a family where food is sacrosant; indeed many of the dishes at Ida - in particular the hand-rolled pasta - were learned by watching his mother and aunts in the kitchen!
Our customers tell us that eating at Ida is like being transported to Italy for a few hours; while our relative innocence regarding the London restaurant scene means that we cook for our customers as though they were guests in an Italian home! In the seven years we have been open, we have celebrated the weddings, engagements, christenings, birthdays and even book launches of our customers, many of whom are regulars along with their families and friends.
Fay Maschler declared Ida “the ideal neighbour, not only to borrow a cup of sugar from, but to drop in on for a plate of hand-rolled pasta”, while Charles Campion calls it “a hidden gem”, naming it one of the top five London Italian restaurants in his 2009 guide.
Tagliatelle al ragù marchigiano £11.00 / £8.00 Hand rolled tagliatelle with a slow-cooked beef and pork ragoût (tradition of the Marche region)
Tagliatelle con Frijarielli £11.50 / £8.50 Hand rolled tagliatelle with Neapolitan wild turnip tops, chilli and tomatoes
Tagliatelle al Ragù della Settimana £12.00 / £8.50Hand rolled tagliatelle with the special ragoût of the week
Tagliatelle mix £14.00A double tasting plate of Tagliatelle with ragoût Marchigiano; Hand rolled tagliatelle with Neapolitan wild turnip tops, chilli and tomatoes; or Tagliatelle with the ragoût della Settimana (Please choose 2)
Gnocchi pasticciati £11.50 / £8.50Home-made potato gnocchi with a slow-cooked beef and pork ragoût (tradition of the Marche region) and creamy bechamel
Gnocchi con burro, Grana e salvia £11.50 / £8.50Home-made potato gnocchi baked with home-made butter, sage and Grana Padano cheese
Bucatini Alla Amatriciana £9.50A traditional dish from the town of Amatrice, consisting of bucatini with pork cheek, onions, fresh vine tomatoes, Pecorino cheese and cracked black pepper
Spaghetti alla Carrettiera £8.50A Sicilian dish of spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, chilli, oil, parsley, garlic, black pepper and pecorino cheese
Antipasto della casa (for 2) £12.00An Italian antipasto board consisting of Salame Milano cured pork; “Schiacciata” salame; fiery Calabrian 'Nduja sausage; a young, Tuscan mild Pecorino sheep's cheese from the Mugello valley; and black olives.
Molinata £6.00Puglian broad bean and spinach dip
Tomino del Boscaiolo con frijarielli £6.00Baked whole Tuscan “Tomino” cheese with wild Neapolitan turnip tops
Pane, olive e olio d’oliva extra vergine £4.00Bread, Kalamata black olives and extra virgin olive oil
Tagliata di entrecote con rughetta e sale Maldon £16.00Premium rib-eye steak “tagliata” on a bed of wild rocket with Maldon salt
Filetto di branzino in crosta di patate £16.00Fresh roasted sea bass fillets in a crust of shaved, potatoes
Misticanza di stagione £3.50 Mixed leaf salad with the house dressing
Insalata di rughetta con pomodorini e grana £4.00Summery salad of rocket, vine tomatoes and Grana Padana shavings with extra virgin olive oil
Patate al forno £3.50Special Ida roast potatoes with olive oil, garlic and rosemary
Parties at Ida
Ida is the party venue par excellence.
Since our inauguration in 2007 - in itself a day-long party! - we have played host to our customers’ milestone moments. These include christenings, weddings, hen nights, book launches, birthdays, anniversaries, and even family reunions from all corners of the globe.
Once we receive a request for a party, we work very closely with our customers to ensure that we do everything possible to make sure things go as planned. This includes tailoring our menus to suit tastes, budgets and dietary requirements (including vegan, vegetarian and no pork) as well as providing reasonably priced children's menus which most emphatically do not incude chicken nuggets!
- Monday to Wednesday - An honest plate of pasta and a glass of wine for just £10! - view menu…
- Thursday to Saturday - We open at 6.45pm and the kitchen closes at 10.25pm.
À la Carte Menu
Penne alla PuttanescaPenne with cherry tomatoes, a splash of tomato sauce, chilli, oil, garlic, oregano, black olives and capers
Penne all’ArrabbiataThe original "angry" pasta: penne with a fiery sauce of garlic, tomato, chilli and parsley
Tortiglioni al forno alla VodkaBaked tortiglioni in a creamy tomato sauce with smoked mozzarella cheese and a splash of vodka
Tortiglioni con guanciale affumicato, panna e porriTortiglioni with smoked pork cheek, finely chopped leeks and a splash of cream
An honest plate of pasta and a glass of wine for just £10!
House white: Pieno Sud, 2016, Sicily - 12%
Glass (175ml) £4.501/2 Litre carafe £11.501 Litre carafe £22.00
Fiano di Puglia - 2016 I.G.T. - Codici - 12.5%
This characterful grape from southern Italy gives a rich, peachy style balanced by a lively citrus crispness.
Bottle (75cl) £22.00
Pinot Grigio Castel Firmian 2016 D.O.C. - Mezzacorona - 12.5%
Perfume: fruity with a floral hint of camomileFlavour: dry, elegant with a delicate acidity
Bottle (75cl) £24.00
Gavi di Gavi 2016 D.O.C.G. - La Meirana - 12.5%
100% Cortese di Gavi. The wine "La Meirana" shows the extraordinary characteristics typical of the area of Gavi where the delicious almond - taste, unique in its kind, can be found.
Bottle (75cl) £29.00
House red: Villa Rossi Sangiovese IGT, Rubicone 2015 - Emilia-Romagna - 12%
Glass (175ml) £4.501/2 Litre carafe £11.50
1 Litre carafe £22.00
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2015 D.O.C. - Angelo - 13%
A super-juicy wine, with masses of black cherry fruit, a smooth, round texture, and a light dusting of Montepulciano spice.
Bottle (75cl) £22.00
NéPriCa - Tormaresca 2015 I.G.T. - 13.5%
Negroamaro - Primitivo - Cabernet Sauvignon from Puglia.
Bottle (75cl) £27.00
Pèppoli Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. 2015, Antinori - 13%
This is a Chianti Classico made from Sangiovese grapes with a small addition of Merlot and Syrah, grown on the Pèppoli estate. It is aged in 55hl Slavonian oak barrels (10% in American oak barriques) for a maximum of 9 months, followed by a further maturing period in the bottles.
Bottle (75cl) £32.00
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano D.O.C.G. Riserva 2013 - La Baraccesca - 13.5%
(2 red glasses, Gambero Rosso 2016)
La Braccesca’s single-vineyard flagship has red berry fruit notes and a hint of vanilla. Rounded and well-balanced with a sweet, lingering aftertaste.
Bottle (75cl) £37.00
SPARKLING WINE & APERITIVO
Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene 2016 Brut Col dè Salici - 11.5%
(Eight times quality-price “Oscar” winner, Gambero Rosso )
Glass (125ml) £5.50Bottle (75cl) £28.00
Calafuria - Tormaresca 2016 I.G.T. - 12%
intense and delicate with fragrant notes of pink grapefruit, peaches, and floral notes of violent immediately felt - 100% Negroamaro grapes from Puglia
Bottle (75cl) £23.50Glass (175ml) £5.80
Taste Film and Ida present Oscar-winner Federico Fellini's masterpiece Amarcord on the 16th of July, where you will be transported to 1930s Fascist Italy through this larger than life and sometimes even fantastical story which re-creates the director's memories of his childhood in the seaside town of Rimini.
Guests will be provided with an original 4 course menu, recreating the childhood favourites of one of cinema's greediest directors.
For details and booking please visit: https://www.tastefilm.co.uk/tickets/