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Nestled around the corner of Shoreditch’s Great Eastern Street and Charlotte Street, it’s hard to miss the lavish bright-yellow-ivy-covered façade.

The new addition from the Big Mama group, which already has several other restaurants and bar in the French capital, is no disappointment.

An extravagant 70’s glam décor sets the tone. You’re in for a treat. Waiters and waitresses are excellent; their enthusiasm and friendliness are contagious.

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Cocktails in presumptuously cheeky glasses and excellent (yet affordable) wines will start the experience on the right foot.

Everything you need from a trattoria is on the menu – pizzas, meatballs, pasta…and glorious desserts.

Here is what was on our menu:

Starters:

Focaccia della nonna, burrata cremosa, San Daniele Ham and carciofo alla giudia (artichoke)

Mains:

The big mamma carpaccio (and yes, it’s huge!), la gran carbonara (for two) and Gloria’s pasta al tartufo.

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Desserts:

The incomparable lemon pie, profiterole napolitana, il tigramisù and crème brulée

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The food is truly delicious; faultless service, delightful and entertaining company of staff members and the lavatories were quite the experience.

One thing that really impressed me was the feeling of not being rushed. Although you are given two hours (we clearly went over our allowance) and in spite of a long line of hungry queuers, no-one will make you feel that you must finish quickly and leave.

Decadent Gloria has definitely won a place in Shoreditch. 
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Gloria, 54-56 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3QR, United-Kingdom