Our opening times
Monday - Wednesday:
Last orders 10.15
Thursday - Saturday:
Last orders 10.25
May 20th, 5pm
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.
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
Antipasto della casa (for 2) £12.00An Italian antipasto board consisting of Spianata Romana cured pork; Salame Milano; crostini with olive oil and Neapolitan turnip tops; a young, Tuscan mild Pecorino sheep's cheese from the Mugello valley; and Nocellara di Castelvetrano olives.
Puglian broad bean and spinach dip
Orzo con Gorgonzola, pere e noci £6.00
Slow-cooked pearl barley with Gorgonzola, pears and walnuts
Pane, olive e olio d’oliva extra vergine £4.00
Bread, Nocellara di Castelvetrano olives and extra virgin olive oil
Tagliata di entrecote con rughetta e sale Maldon £18.00
Premium grass-fed rib-eye steak “tagliata” on a bed of wild rocket with Maldon salt
Pesce del giorno Fish of the day (please enquire)
Tagliatelle al ragù marchigiano £12.00 / £7.50 Hand rolled tagliatelle with a slow-cooked beef and pork ragoût (tradition of the Marche region)
Tagliatelle con funghi £12.50 / £8.50 Hand rolled tagliatelle with wild and porcini mushrooms, cooked in wine, garlic and olive oil
Tagliatelle al Ragù della Settimana £13.00 / £8.50Hand rolled tagliatelle with the special ragoût of the week
Tagliatelle mix £15.00A double tasting plate of Tagliatelle with either ragoût Marchigiano; or tagliatelle with wild mushrooms; or tagliatelle with the ragoût della Settimana (Please choose 2)
Gnocchi pasticciati con ragù e panna £12.50 / £8.50Home-made potato gnocchi with beef and pork ragoût (tradition of the Marche region) and a splashy of cream
Gnocchi con pesto di zucchine e basilico £12.50 / £8.50Hand-rolled vegan potato gnocchi with a home made pesto of grilled courgettes, basil, rocket, almonds, olive oil and garlic
Rigatoni all’Amatriciana £10.50A Roman dish of rigatoni with pork cheek, tomatoes, onion and Pecorino
Scialatielli alla Carrettiera £10.50Hand-rolled Neapolitan Scialatielli - (made from a fresh basil and parmesan pasta dough) “Alla Carrettiiera” with fresh tomatoes, chilli, oil, parsley, garlic, black pepper and pecorino cheese
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!
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Join us at Ida for an evening of unforgettable Italian cinema, accompanied by a three course Sicilian feast, as we present
Tickets are £45 pp and include a welcome glass of Prosecco and a three-course dinner
“Cinema Paradiso” (1988)
For more details and booking click here...
Sunday, May 20th, 5pm
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Tortiglioni allo ScarparielloTraditional Neapolitan "shoemakers'" Pasta with oil, garlic, tomato, pecorino, and Parmesan
Tortiglioni al forno alla VodkaBaked tortiglioni in a creamy tomato sauce with smoked mozzarella cheese and a splash of vodka
Penne all’ArrabbiataThe original "angry" pasta: penne with a fiery sauce of garlic, tomato, chilli and parsley
Penne con guanciale affumicato, panna e porriPenne 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!
SPARKLING WINE & APERITIVO
Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene 2016 Brut Col dè Salici - 11.5%
(Eight times quality-price “Oscar” winner, Gambero Rosso )
Glass (125ml) £5.80Bottle (75cl) £29.00
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
House white: Pieno Sud, 2016, Sicily - 12%
Glass (175ml) £4.951/2 Litre carafe £13.001 Litre carafe £24.00
Fiano di Puglia - 2016 I.G.T. - Codici - 12.5%
Bottle (75cl) £23.00
Pinot Grigio Castel Firmian 2016 D.O.C. - Mezzacorona - 12.5%
Bottle (75cl) £25.00
Gavi di Gavi 2016 D.O.C.G. - La Meirana - 12.5%
Bottle (75cl) £29.90
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A classic Sicilian dish of tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, raisins, capers and pine nuts, accompanied by a sourdough olive oil and garlic crostone
Nocellara di Castelvetrano olives
Selection of cold cuts and salami
Tagliatelle alla Norma
The Sicilian classic, (supposedly named after the opera "Norma" by the Catania-born composer Vincenzo Bellini), with fried aubergines, tomatoes, basil and ricotta salata,
Insalata di finocchio con arancia e olive nere
Fennel salad with black olives and orange
Cassata al Forno
Baked cassata tart with ricotta and dark chocolate
“Cinema Paradiso” (1988)
"This is only the second feature for writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore, known for documentaries and TV films, but he has plugged into something vital about the hold movies have on us. Set in a small village in postwar Sicily – before TVs and VCRs – the film re-creates a time when people gathered in shoe-box theaters, like this village's Cinema Paradiso, to watch flickering images that could conjure up the whole world.
Tornatore tells his story through the eyes of a fatherless eight-year-old boy named Salvatore, played by Salvatore Cascio, who persuades Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), the Paradiso's gruff projectionist, to take him on as an assistant. Noiret's beautifully modulated performance blends perfectly with Cascio's exuberance; they are both superb. For Salvatore, the outmoded projector, the frames of celluloid and the posters are all holy relics. Alfredo even permits his protégé to see uncut films before the village priest orders the excision of any glimpse of amore.
Later, Alfredo urges the adolescent Salvatore (Marco Leonardi) to find a new life outside the confining village. The boy does so, and he never looks back. When the adult Salvatore (Jacques Perrin), now a film director in Rome, returns for Alfredo's funeral, the Paradiso is about to be razed to make way for a parking lot. Movies and the ways of seeing them have changed, and so has Salvatore, who seems detached until he receives Alfredo's legacy – a gift too surprising to reveal – which finally allows Salvatore to weep for his loss. Tornatore's sublime film makes it tough not to join Salvatore. Movie lovers will lose their hearts to Cinema Paradiso, not out of nostalgia, but for Tornatore's vigorous demonstration of the enduring power of dreams."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine