Marylebone residents are lucky to live in an area where food options are aplenty - any budget or cuisine is catered for.
As a busy family, we have been users of the fabulous Deliveroo delivery service since it started a couple of years ago.
Recently we have received a flyer from Foodora who seem to be trying to replicate that with a different list of restaurants.
There are also some other interesting options for Italian food. I can't wait to try both of them!
Valentina Italian Home Cooking
Local Mum Valentina is offering home-made dishes for delivery or collection in the area. She offers an extensive menu of dishes and she can send you more information as well as testimonials from existing customers.
The menu looks delicious!
Timballo di Riso - a gorgeous Risotto finished off in the oven made with sautéed onion, organic carnaroli rice, white wine, parmigiano reggiano, vegetable broth, organic mozzarella and saffron. Can be served with either a rich tomato sauce made with onion, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil or mushrooms cooked with parsley and garlic. Cost for six portions £25.
Costolette di maiale piccanti - pork cutlets with pickles. A lovely pork cutlet dish made with white wine, a dash of Worcester sauce and a smattering of pickles, which confer a light piquancy. Six trimmed cutlets, medium sized, come to £30.
Parmigiana - a delicious vegetarian dish made with olive-oil lightly fried aubergines, tomato sauce with basil and finely chopped onion, organic mozzarella and 24-month aged parmigiano reggiano. The cost for six hearty portions is £30.
She can also make classic Lasagne. The recipe includes prosciutto (cured ham), a good glug of red wine (don't worry, the alcohol content evaporates once it is cooked), dried porcini mushrooms, the finest minced beef, tomato passata and soffritto (onions, celery and carrots) and a béchamel sauce. Cost for six portions is £36 and feeds six.
Pollo in fricassea - a creamy, lemony chicken dish without the cream! The breasts are coated in flour and cooked in vegetable broth, egg yolks, lemon juice, four generous portions comes to £25. Very healthy!
Traditional Italian Meatballs in tomato sauce - with parsley, parmigiano reggiano, breadcrumbs, garlic and egg whites. Eight portions £30. Can use pork, beef or chicken according to preference.
Pesce all’Isolana – a dish for two! Rosemary infused Sea Bream baked in the oven with finely sliced potatoes and cherry tomatoes. Cost for two portions £15.
Any sides can be cooked according to preference at an additional cost. Greens are steam-cooked and tossed in a little extra virgin olive oil.
Delivery is only to Marylebone, in within walking distance of Gloucester Place, covering the area up to Edgware Rd and down to Portland Place. Delivery is free, but needs to be before 3pm on weekdays (she's a busy mum with a school run to do!) or people can come and pickup from me at a mutually convenient time. She also is trying to limit the service only to school term-time.
You can get in touch with Valentina on 07889 406659 (text preferred), or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Salentina Fridge/Freezer Filling Service
Salentina are offering a service that sounds like it would be very helpful for families in the area. All dishes are handcrafted using seasonal ingredients. They are a small business and are flexible and ready to adapt the offering to customer's needs, so do get in touch with them to discuss further.
Salentina takes inspiration from Southern Italian home-cooking as both the Chef (Enrica) and the Shopkeeper (Barbara) come from Puglia: http://www.salentina.co.uk/the-team.php
Starters, mains, sides, desserts and bread products can be ordered directly from our website prior to 2 days booking on http://www.salentina.co.uk/whats-on-the-menu---shop.php
Booking is essential not only because all products are made from scratch (including breads) but also to ensure freshness of raw ingredients.
They deliver personally and supply a delivery note with storage and reheating instructions to ensure a delicious experience.
Salentina is also available for parties and catering.
Visit salentina.co.uk for more and feel free to contact them with any question you may have.