After a lengthy stint at Brunetti, and a three-month culinary education with her father’s family in southern Italy, Laura Notarfrancesco has opened 5 lire.
Notarfrancesco’s father helped with the build. His brief was to balance the old with the new, using reclaimed scaffolding from his building company to make the tables and shelving, alongside concrete panels and tiles that highlight the display cabinet heaving with goodies.
The menu is contemporary with an Italian twist. Breakfast runs all day and the smashed broad beans with 'nduja spreadable salami and buffalo mozzarella on sourghdough is fast becoming a favourite. Fluffy ricotta hotcakes are the perfect vessel for thick vanilla mascarpone, dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts and a whole poached pear. Come lunch, try the lasagna, or perhaps an antipasto board with a glass of wine.
Homey pre-prepared meals are also available for the full at-home family experience, Italian style.