The restaurants in Iceland’s capital city have been preparing all week long ready for the Iceland Airwaves music festival, which is taking place this week. From restaurants to bars, they have all been getting ready to host the thousands of music enthusiasts that flood the streets of Reykjavik every year.
Over the years, Reykjavik has always been very accomodating for the October festival crowd, catering for the thousands which attend each year and earning itself a global reputation for hosting an array of outstanding restaurants that offer cuisines from almost every corner of the world.
One of the many restaurants located in the downtown area but an absolute favourite with the locals is La Primavera, a contemporary restaurant that favours influences of local, fresh Icelandic produce cooked in a North Italian style. Owned by Leifur, the Chef, and his wife Jonina, the maitre d’, La Primavera is a laid back, yet smart restaurant. The lunch menu is simple and surprisingly affordable, always providing the freshest ingredients, and not to mention the best possible fish – or as the world renowned chef and restaurant owner Jamie Oliver once described it, “The most amazing, freshest fish I’ve ever had in my life. It was all so perfectly cooked too. Beautiful.”
The Italian restaurant’s menu features homemade pastas, risotto, gnocchi, polenta and a wide assortment of the freshest vegetables, poultry, meat and game available. As a whole, the menu, the atmosphere and the comprehensive, exclusively Italian wine list has indeed proven La Primavera to be a classic in Reykjavik, still understated, still simple and above all still very, very yummy!