As a supporter of London’s supper clubs, I was delighted to hear that Azienda Riccardo had decided to embrace the underground movement by launching their Prosecco Riccardo in the UK in some of London’s finest supper clubs.
The Old Hat Club has been on my radar since their opening night in June 2010, and I was interested to hear of a supper club a stone’s throw away from my home in Islington.
Azienda Riccardo is located in Valdobbiadene in the North-eastern Veneto region of Italy (where the Prosecco or Glera grape grows) and has been producing Italian sparkling wines since 1918.
Set in an ordinary looking Islington street, the discreet basement entrance leads into an elegant open plan kitchen, dining and living room area where this supper club is held. The kitchen opens up to a beautifully landscaped, sub-tropical garden where diners mingle and chat before their meal. There is an impressive wood oven at the end of the garden built by Tim Scorer.
It showed lovely hints of orchard fruit (green apples and pears), a good amount of fine bubbles and an excellent structure (fruit, acidity and alcohol).
The dessert was a simple but well executed “Citrus cake and orange sorbet”. It was slightly spiced, possibly cloves or cinnamon, and ended the meal on a very fine note.
The Old Hat Club is made up of a team of four close friends (two couples) - Tim, Emma, Harry and Ami. On my visit, it was only the second event of the supper club. On this occasion, I had the pleasure of spending some time chatting to Tim and Emma, and more recently at the Friday Food Club where we shared a table. Harry was also kind enough to show me the massive wood oven, while he busily prepared the canapés, and briefly explained how the oven was put together.
Tim (a trained chef) and Emma are both in advertising while Harry is a restaurant manager at Byron Hamburger while Amy is training to be a florist. The events are scheduled on Sunday lunchtimes, and will be taking place every six weeks.