Lardo is a tremendously popular Italian restaurant in Hackney Central which serves a simple range of pizza and pasta all using carefully sourced ingredients.
You can watch the chefs at work in their open plan kitchen, and the menu has lots of daily changing specials that make the most of seasonal produce.
As well as reasonably priced, high quality food, Lardo also has a great complimentary wine and cocktail list, including possibly the best Bloody Mary in Hackney...
The interior is attractive bare brick and warm wood tables and chairs, while in the summertime there is outdoor seating for alfresco dining.
It's busy seven days a week, so you might want to book, but the well trained staff are also good at fitting in walk-ins whenever possible.