London, Exmouth Market


Paesan means ‘peasant’ in Italian. Peasant food being the origin of good healthy food Italians would have eaten when working the land in the countryside. There is a wholesomeness that is in the food offer and this dictated the look and feel of the space.

Cucina povera also draws from the peasant kitchens of Italy where nothing is wasted. With that in mind we have designed a 100m2 dinning space using raw materials that were cost effectively available and honest, as the food offer would have been.

The venue is set over two floors – ground floor seats 60, snug seating areas under the cellar arches with timber clad bar and salvaged, simple lighting to the back bar. The stripped back interior embraces the building’s original features with exposed brickwork, structural steels complimented by timbers and tiling, reclaimed materials and antique-style furnishings.