Italian restaurant Tolli’s closes after 30 years, but owner reveals new venture
British-Indian fusion menu at Brindian
18 January, 2018 — By Dan Carrier
Paul McIntyre and Tino Tolli
IT is the end an era but the start of a new one, after an Italian eatery which has served up traditional Neapolitan food in Kentish Town for 30 years closed its doors.
Tino Tolli, owner of Tolli’s, is a partner in a new venture at the restaurant in Kentish Town Road, which will see a new name and a different style of food. Tino and his wife Narina are planning to semi-retire and have teamed up with restaurateur Paul McIntyre to open Brindian, which will offer a British-Indian fusion menu.
The couple, originally from Naples, moved to their current spot from a café in Fortess Road in the 1980s. “When we first opened, not many people in Kentish Town knew what a cappuccino was,” said Mr Tolli. “I remember in the early days two customers came in and asked for espresso. I took it to their table and they looked at it and then me and said, ‘no, that’s not an espresso’. I assured them it was, and they said, ‘Oh, we meant the one with frothy milk’.”
Mr McIntyre set up Brindian after retiring 10 years ago from a career in the Army and has won awards for his food. He added: “It’s all about bringing cultures together. People have a set idea about what Indian and British food means. This is taking the best elements, showing off its vibrancy and colour.”