Dez Amore: The Camden Market Eatery Fusing Italian Roots with a Contemporary Twist

If you search for the top things to do in London, there’s always a select group of results that appear on Google’s first page. Amongst the open-roof bus tour and tickets for the London Eye, you will find Camden Market. However, Camden Market differs from those other hot spots that often tend to be avoided by locals like the plague. Instead, Camden is an area that appeals to both tourists and resident Londoners alike. While this is of course partially due to it being the home of vintage gems and unique, retro finds, it also offers top-rated places to eat and drink, stationed amongst the vibrant market stalls.

Having said this, when your shopping bags start accumulating, your feet start aching and your tummy starts grumbling, the abundance of choice becomes more of a nuisance than a selling point.

Fear not, we’re here to help. Keep calm and head directly to Dez Amore, the contemporary Italian eatery offering dishes that are cooked by hand and made with love. Best friends and business partners, Leonardo & Simone invite you to taste Dez Amore’s cult dishes: handmade fresh pasta and gourmet Italian burgers. Their six Italian street-food restaurants in London offer traditional Italian dishes with a unique fusion twist!

Whether you desire a moment to refuel in between stalls or to finish off the day after shopping to your heart’s content, Dez Amore satisfies every need. You’ll find it in the same historic stables of the “Stables Market”, nestled into one of the market’s infamous narrow, cobbled streets. Here is where the signature “Dez Amore” menu is prepared right in front of its eager visitors.

Choose from a selection of high-top tables and stools outside to enjoy your meal on a warm, sunny evening whilst watching the world go by. On the more typical, rainy London evenings, take a seat inside underneath the neon-lit sign for ‘Pasta and Burgers’ hanging over a bright yellow brick interior.

At the front of the kitchen, you can browse a variety of hand-made pasta shapes to choose from; tagliatelle, caserecce, gnocchi, and ravioli.

Now that you’ve gotten comfortable, it’s time to make the all-important decision of what to eat. Each of these pasta styles are accompanied with classic Italian sauces passed down from generation to generation. From the hearty Bolognese to a creamy Carbonara, trust us when we say the choice will not be an easy one.

What would we recommend, you ask? Well, let’s just say there’s a reason the tagliatelle truffle sauce is described as one of the cult favourite dishes. At your wish, you can add perfectly crisped bacon, sautéed mushrooms or delicately light Parmesan cheese. Whatever you decide on, one thing that all of the dishes on the menu have in common is that each one is fresh, made by hand every day, and cut in front of your eyes.

What separates Dez Amore from other Italian eateries is that while the restaurant has found its core in the authentic Italian culinary tradition, they have evolved this tradition, fusing it with international gourmet recipes for a contemporary finish. This is why you will find a mouth-watering selection of burgers to choose from should pasta not tickle your fancy. Similarly to the pasta, each burger is made by hand in front of you, with free-range English meat of your choice (choose between chicken or beef) and filled with Tuscan ingredients like truffles and porcini mushrooms.

Vegetarians and vegans need not fret, there is, of course, an equally delicious plant-based burger too. Take our word for it and don’t leave without trying the gourmet Tuscan Doc burger filled with a cooked-to-perfection fried egg, Italian pecorino cheese, caramelized onions in a Chianti wine, and of course, the side of double-fried potatoes.

To conclude, go to Camden for the finest vintage finds, but stay for the elite selection of food. At its core, Dez Amore holds the tradition of Italian cuisine that emphasizes the importance of the care and love involved in the preparation of food. With this, they have fused a variety of contemporary dishes made with wholesome ingredients for a truly unique eating experience. With the tasty toppings and generous portions, you can guarantee that you will leave Camden Market with your heart and stomach full.

Josie Wilkins

Josie is a Journalism graduate from Galway, Ireland. In her free time, she writes for her blog, Naturally Fuelled (@josiewilkins on instagram). When she isn't writing, she enjoys playing the one song she knows on the piano, 'I Giorni', saving the postman from her aggressive Shorkie, and defending brussels sprouts as an all-year-round snack!