Chatsworth's Venerdi draws Martin away from his mountains

From the mountains of Slovakia to the hubbub of Hackney – Martin Kicura has worked in restaurants all over Europe but London feels like home.

The 30-year-old helps run Venerdi, a popular family-owned Italian restaurant in Clapton. It’s the latest business to offer a discount to members of the Local Buyers Club. (15% off - info here)

He said: “Big chains can put more into marketing and PR and squeeze prices down and that makes things harder for family businesses like ours, but it’s the smaller local businesses that have the character, the service and the best food.”

The food at Venerdi is fresh and delicious, from homemade bread to handmade pizzas which are cooked in a wood fired oven as well as daily made fresh egg pasta. They offer an amazing bottomless brunch and Martin has taken great care over which wines to match with the menu.