Open (cooking times)
Lunch Thursday - Sunday 12.00pm-2.45pm
Stuzzichini (charcuterie, cheese, small plates) - Thursday 5pm-9pm
Dinner Friday 6pm-9pm
Sourdough bread with Lina's new season oil £3.50
Seaweed fritters £4.50
Marinated anchovies with salsa verde £4.50
Polpette di pane in tomato sauce (v) £7.50
Burrata with rocket & chard pesto (v) £7.50
Squid, squash & chickpeas £8.50
Marinated salmon with fennel & blood orange £7.50
Spiced pecorino sheep’s cheese & cured meats from the mountain £9.50
Ndunderi with broccoli & smoked mozzarella (v) £13.50
Troccoli with wild sea bass & preserved tomatoes £16.50
Lasagna with organic beef & pork, mozzarella and our family’s passata £14.50
Organic chicken stuffed with my auntie’s pancetta & chestnuts £15.50
Amalfi pear & buffalo ricotta tart £6.50
Blood orange sorbet £4.00
Cheese plate £9.50
As well as our shop we have a small kitchen and cook lunch Thursday – Sunday and dinner on Fridays from 6pm. We also open for charcuterie, cheese, wine & cocktails on Thursday nights.
We make fresh pasta every morning with ancient grains flour imported from Cooperativa Lentemente in Sannio and local free range eggs. Menus change depending on the seasons. We use much of the Italian ingredients we have in the shop and also buy fresh produce from local farms and suppliers. Our fresh meat comes from Worgan’s Butchers at The Good Shed, Canterbury. Fish & seafood is caught daily by Fruits de Mer in Broadstairs. Dairy is from Hinxden Farm Dairy in Cranbrook. Fruit, herbs and vegetables are mostly from Windmill Community Gardens here in Margate.
Our wine list features many wonderful southern Italian wines, from small producers, much of it organic and natural.
Booking is advisable as we’re only small! Book here..
We host Supper Clubs once a month too..
Most of what we sell in our shop we import ourselves (a few things we buy from Italian importers here, such as wine but we’re working towards importing that ourselves too). Much of the produce is made by our family and friends, everything is produced artisanally with the very best ingredients and time-honoured recipes. Much of what we sell in the shop we use for our menus too.
We are located in the heart of Margate’s Old Town, just a minutes walk from the sea and the Turner Contempory and we’re open Wednesday – Sunday.
We’ve had lots of nice things said about us since we’ve opened and we’re extremely grateful for that - thank you. Here are a few of them…
Zeren Wilson, Bitten & Written
A little ripsnorter of a place.
Jacob Kennedy, Bocca di lupo
A touchingly intimate and heartwarming place. Without doubt the most authentic and homely Campanian food I've ever had anywhere outside of the region.
The Good Food Guide 2019
By the time your plates are cleared, you’ll want to adopt Simona Di Dio’s family as your own.
The pasta from @bottegacaruso was so good I wanted to cry when I finished it all.
@bottegacaruso are literally weaving my dreams into reality by being here.
This week's ravioli was insanely good - thank you!
Marina F, Trip advisor
The best food ever.
Philip E, Trip Advisor
Harry and Simona's Bottega is fantastic!
Dorset186262, Trip Advisor
Stunning Italian food!
Flaviana T, Trip Advisor
Beautiful Italian food!
Tanya R, Twitter
Your pasta is transcendent!
Andrew0503, Trip Advisor
MCIo427, Trip Advisor
Authentic Southern Italian slice of heaven
Smeesue, Trip Advisor
I don’t want to share it!
Aperol Spritz Aperol, prosecco & soda £7.50
Campari Spritz Campari, prosecco & soda £7.50
Gin & tonic Made with Rivo gin which is handmade by Lake Garda with foraged botanicals, served with organic Italian tonic £8.50
Negroni Rivo Gin, Campari & Oscar 697 red vermouth £8.50
Oscar 697, dry white vermouth Bergamot & elderflower notes, tannic savoury finish £7.50
Oscar 697, red vermouth Rhubarb & liquorice, burnt sugar £7.50
Beers & cider 330ml
Birra Ichnusa, Assemini, Sardinia 4.7% abv £3.95
Refreshing lager from the island of Sardinia
Flora Golden Ale, Birrificio Menaresta, Lombardy 5.2% abv £5.50
Golden ale made with elderflowers
La P’ipa IPA, Birrificio Menaresta, Lombardy 5.6% abv £5.75
Strong, bitter & hoppy yet crisp and refreshing
San Dalmazzo Saison, Birrificio Menaresta, Lombardy 5.2% abv £5.75
Hoppy & creamy, easy to drink
Ul Belgun, Birrificio Menaresta, Lombardy 8.6% abv £7.00
Strong trappiste style beer
Sidro secco, Angioletti, Trentino 5.0% abv £4.75
Crisp dry cider
White wines 750ml / 175ml
Pecorino, Poggio Anima, Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo 2017 £19.75 / £5.75
Dry and medium bodied, the grapes are hand harvested early to keep the grapes fresh & fragrant.
Falanghina, Cantina del Taburno, Foglianise, Campania 2016 £27.00 / £7.50
From Simona’s village Foglianise high up in the mountains of Sannio, this falanghina is dry and intense with notes of pineapple & pear.
Chardonnay & Moscato, Liame, Terre di Noto, Noto, Sicily 2015 £29.00
Straw yellow and dry, the 15% of moscato adds a little sweetness to the wine.
Greco di Tufo DOCG, Benito Ferrara, Avellino, Campania 2016 £32.00 / £8.00
From the volcanic hills of Avellino in Campania this Greco is crisp but full, complex and peachy.
Catarratto, Barraco, Marsala, Sicily 2016 £35.00
From western Sicily, this underrated workhorse of a grape in the hands of Nino Barraco becomes something wonderfully saline and smoky. Natural and unfiltered.
Verdeca ‘Carsia’, Christiano Guttarolo, Gioia del Colle, Puglia 2016 (organic) £38.00
Made from the local Verdeca grape, this wine gives an almost literal translation of the limescale plateau on which it sits. Dry and saline, it offers a wonderful freshness.
Biancolella e Falanghina ‘Ravello’, Marisa Cuomo, Costa d’Amalfi 2017 £39.00
Award winning elegant creamy white from the beautiful town of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast
Fiano, Gaia, Cantina Giardino, Campania 2014 (organic) £49.00
From 90 year old vines over clay, limestone and volcanic deposits this energetic and floral wine is aged for a year on its lees in chestnut and acacia barrels. A unique and natural expression of this wonderful grape.
Rose wines 750ml / 175ml
Nerello Mascalese rosato Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Mount Etna, Sicily 2016 £30.00
A bright & vibrant rose made from the Nerello Mascalese grape on the northern slopes of Mount Etna.
Frappato & moscato rosato ‘Lamoresca’, Sicily 2015 (organic) £38.00
The grapes are given a gentle press and aged in concrete. Aromatic and savoury stewed plums.
Susumaniello rosato ‘Xira’, Christiano Guttarolo, Gioia del Colle, Puglia 2015 (organic) £38.00
A wonderfully complex & natural rosato made from a direct press of the local Susumaniello grape. Unfiltered, cloudy and beautiful.
Procanico & Ansonica, Trish Nelson, Gazzetta, Bolsena, Lazio 2016 (organic) £39.00
Fermented on skins and aged in chestnut for a year, this is structured and spiced with tannins.
Coda di Volpe, Paski, Cantina Giardino, Irpinia, Campania 2016 (organic) £45.00
‘Tail of the Fox’. Orange wine, intense, fresh flowers & honey.
Red wines 750ml / 175ml
Primitivo, Poggio Anima, Salento, Puglia 2017 £19.75 / £5.50
Good quality, simple, juicy red from the hot southern tip of Italy.
Aglianico, Rocca del Principie, Irpinia, Campania 2015 £27.00 / £7.50
Brought over by Greek settlers, aglianico is one of the predominant grapes of the south and comes in a variety of styles. This is not too heavy, smooth and elegant.
Nero D’Avola & Frappato, ‘il Para Para’, Poggio di Bortolone, Chiaramonte, Sicily £34.00 / £8.50
A true Mediterranean wine, its sunshine, fruits and herbs will brighten up these colder days
Frappato, Lamoresca, San Michele di Ganzaria, Sicily 2017 (organic) £37.00
Native to Sicily, Frappato is refreshing and light, yet intense and bursting with cherries.
Nerello Mascalisi, Lamoresca, San Michele di Ganzaria, Sicily 2017 (organic) £39.00
From old vines high up Mount Etna this unique aromatic Mascalisi is medium bodied with soft tannins.
Primitivo ‘Amphora’, Christiano Guttarolo, Gioia del Colle, Puglia 2016 (organic) £45.00
Warm & intense, this wonderful wine is made from high altitude biodynamically prepared vines and aged in clay amphora. Bottled without fining, filtration or sulfur. Remarkable stuff!
Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Pigi’, Poggio di Bortolone, Chiaramonte, Sicily 2013 £45.00
Bortolone’s top wine, Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon combine to create this warm & powerful red.
Aglianico, ‘Nude’, Cantina Giardino, Taurasi, Campania 2008 (organic) £55.00
From 90 year old vines this wine is fermented for nearly 2 months on skins in large chestnut botti. It’s 10 years old now, almost tawny in colour, but fresh and special. A wonderful aglianico.
Aglianico, Cantina Giardino, Taurasi, Campania 20017 (organic) £60.00
Bottled in a magnum, this aglianico is youthful with ripe raspberries.
Santa Croce, Santa Croce del Sannio, Campania 40% abv £7.50
Fruit & herb liquer from Santa Croce del Sannio
Strega, Benevento, Campania 40% abv £7.50
Liquor made from 72 herbs in our hometown of Benevento
Grappa Barricata, Cantina del Taburno, Foglianise, Campania 40% abv £9.75
Made from 100 year old vines in my village Foglianise and aged in chestnut barrels
Our coffee is from Naples and is ground fresh every morning Espresso £2.00
Caffe lungo £2.25
Moka coffee pot (for two or three) £5.00
Tea & infusions £2.50
Assam Breakfast, Assam, India
Red Dragon black tea, Yunnan, China
Apple & melon, Foglianise, Italy
Green tea, Himalayas, Nepal (organic)
Blackcurrant & hibiscus
Still or fizzy mineral water 500ml £2.50
Crodino non-alcoholic aperitif, bitter-sweet orange with a hint of vanilla £2.25
Cedrata a refreshing drink made from the fruit citron £2.75
Chinotto like an Italian root £2.75
Aranciata/limonata organic sparkling orange / sparkling lemon £3.95
Organic Italian juice - peach or apple £3.75
Organic iced green tea with lemon & ginger £3.50