Who wouldn’t love a café with music selected by a DJ from Milan and food lovingly chosen and served by enthusiastic Italians? Satollo in Marlow’s Liston Court, tucked behind the High Street is a family run deli and coffee shop. Paninis stuffed to bursting, continuously replenished are ranged on glass shelves above authentic great rounds of Italian cheese wafting their unmistakably salty sourness into the air. The coffee is from Naples, the barrista lovingly filling each fat bellied cup to the brim, producing good, full flavoured espresso, cappuccino, latte or macchiato.
Artisan crusty bread from Rex Bakery arrives at the table drizzled with olive oil. Heaving sharing boards of sliced salami, Parma ham, mortadella and porchetta (roast suckling pig) or pecorino with truffle honey, soft yielding burrata and gorgonzola with fig gewurtzstraminer chutney – a delicious mix of sweet and savoury, are served from the tiny kitchen. Behind the counter the chatter is mainly in Italian with orders called fast and furiously.
Rustic white painted fruit boxes showcase single estate olive oils, deep, rich Sicilian and Italian wines and tempting jars of sauces. Legs of ham and fat sausages of salami dangle from hooks in the window. Bare boards, mismatched tables and chairs, tiled and white painted walls keep this wonderful café casual belying the high end quality food and cakes on offer.
Visit in the evening you’ll find you’ve moved to Italy as you step through the door, Satollo stays open until 11pm attracting the neighbourhood Italians and the atmosphere is that of a local café. Greetings are called in Italian across the tables, wine flows and the beautiful sharing boards are much in evidence. In the background is the ever present carefully curated swaying music.
This is the place to revel in the tapping of the barrista’s coffee handle, the hiss of the steam and the buzz of contented chat.
Keep watch for the Satollo Wine Tasting And Antipasti Evenings. Each major Italian wine region will be represented in turn with carefully matched local food.
Satollo Italian deli and eatery, 5 Liston court, High St, Marlow SL7 1ER.
Open: 8:00 to 23:00 Monday-Saturday and 9:00–22:00 Sunday
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