GOLA
 
7 Deadly Sins, Aphrodisiac Concept from Puglia

Gola=Gluttony, Invidia=Envy, Accidia=Sloth, Lussuria=Lust, Superbia=Pride, Avarizia=Greed, Ira=Wrath.


Dear Guest

It is our pleasure to have you here in our restaurant to enjoy our aphrodisiac food from Puglia.

The concept comes directly from our homeland Puglia, where the local passion for food is met with an abundance of aphrodisiac ingredients. So we chose the name “Gola", which is the Italian equivalent for “Gluttony” (one of 7 deadly sins), aka the over- indulgence of food and wine.

While we do not intend to steer away from our culinary tradition and we are rigorous in following our local recipes for most of the menu, we might approach some dishes by using aphrodisiac ingredients that do not belong to our traditional cuisine. These are well placed thanks to the creativity and the knowledge of the Executive

chef Angelo Prezio.

At Gola we only use D.O.P ingredients; D.O.P is short for “Denominazione di Origine Protetta” (literally “Protected Designation of Origin”), which guarantees the quality and the taste of the food you are eating.

In order to maintain the integrity and tradition of our menu we cannot accept any requests for alterations to our dishes as this would change the nature of the product of which we are so proud.

Please enjoy your experience at Gola.

 

 

 Aphrodisiac  Ingredients in  our  menu’

                            

    Aubergine

The eggplant or aubergine is mentioned in very early Sanskrit texts and may have been a native of India. The plant came to Europe via the Arab world during the Middle Ages and is now grown in warm climates everywhere.

 

        Chilli pepper:
Love is no fun without a little tussle every now and then, so it needs to be spicy, stimulating and rich in surprises… just like chilli pepper! The most famous of natural aphrodisiacs, it is perfect in combination with  chocolate, in pralines or else in cakes or extra-dark pies.

 

   Garlic:
It’s hard to believe, but garlic is one of the most efficient natural aphrodisiacs in the world, since it contains allicin, a substance which increases blood flow. Why not satisfy your partner’s hunger with spaghetti, garlic, oil and chilli pepper? You can let the garlic rest in milk first, to remove some of its unpleasant smell.

   

    Burrata cheese

Though there’s nothing about burrata specifically that would put it in the category of aphrodisiacs, it’s difficult to argue with it’s sensuous shape and custardy center. Brimming with cream and cheese, its as pleasant a diversion as any, especially if your beloved prefers salt to sweet.

 

  Chocolate:
The Aztec king Montezuma used to drink a foamy chocolate brew before going to see one of his wives. In combination with chilli pepper, in fact, cacao is the ideal to warm up an evening, thanks to its mix of substances, including endorphin, serotonin and caffeine.

 

Oysters:
Oysters served raw, with a lemon sauce or a dish of pasta with oysters and arugula: making use of the full potential of this mollusc, the true king of aphrodisiac ingredients, frequently consumed by Casanova.

 

Shellfish:
Shrimps, lobsters, shellfish of every kind are the perfect allies for a love dinner. Shrimps can be served shelled, bathed in pink grapefruit juice and left in the refrigerator for half an hour

 

Saffron:
Zeus used to lie in a bed of saffron during his amorous rendezvous. The simplest way to use it is in a classical “risotto alla Milanese”

 

Almond
A symbol of fertility throughout the ages.

 The aroma is thought to induce passion in a female.

 

 

Celery

Celery has figured as an important male aphrodisiac since centuries in Europe. While the origin of its reputation as a libido booster may have to do with its resemblance to the male phallus, modern scientific investigation into the vegetable’s properties shows that it indeed includes many chemicals and nutrients which may help the body to enjoy sex.

 

Arugula (Rocket salad)
Arugula or “rocket” seed has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. This ingredient was added to grated orchid bulbs and parsnips and also combined with pine nuts and pistachios. Arugula greens are frequently used in salads and pasta.

 

Basil (sweet basil)
Is said to stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility. It is also said to produce a general sense of well being for body and mind.

 

 Fennel

Rich in anethol, an essence also found in aniseed, fennel is widely used in Italian cuisine to season foods. Precisely because of its strong flavor it is often used to mask undesirable flavors in other foods.

 

 Pine nuts

The Roman poet Ovid, in his Art of Love, lists pine nuts among the aphrodisiac foods.In Italy, it is used as an ingredient in pesto, in meat and fish dishes, as well as in desserts, stuffings, sauces, especially in Sicilian and Neapolitan cuisines.Galen of Pergamon, the Roman physician and philosopher, recommended a bed-time snack of pine-nuts. Pine nuts are also often cited as potent ingredients in love potions.

 

Honey
Many medicines in Egyptian times were based on honey including cures for sterility and impotence. Medieval seducers plied their partners with Mead,

 a fermented drink made from honey.

 

 Walnut
Walnut was highly prized by Chinese women as an aphrodisiac. In quantity nutmeg can produce a hallucinogenic effect. A light sprinkling of the spice in a warm pumpkin soup can help spice up your evening.

 

Olive Oil
Rich of Vitamin E, this vitamin has the property to delay the change of the cellular structure which leads to natural decadence, the people’s aging, so one of the best medicaments for delaying aging is the olive oil. On the other hand, as we all know, Vitamin E improves our sexual life.

 

Onion
Since prehistoric times the onion has been considered an aphrodisiac. They are mentioned in many classic Hindu texts on the art of making love and were commonly used as an aphrodisiac in ancient Greece. (I always wondered why Alexander The Great was so named!) In the days of the Egyptians pharaohs, celibate priests were forbidden to eat onions because of the potential effects on their…er…psyches. Also in France, newlyweds were served onion soup on the morning after their wedding night to restore their libido.

 

Parsley
One of tne of the most nutritious herbs containing high amounts of vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium magnesium, phosphorus, iron and other essential minerals. Parsley was used as far back as the times of Hippocrates as a medicine believed to help to improve general health. Parsley is an excellent source of natural chlorophyll, along with a variety of other healthy nutrients and it is a has aphrodisiac properties. 

 

  Pasta Carbohydrates

If your libido is out to lunch you may be low on seratonin (a brain chemical that effects mood) and energy. A carbo fix combined with a little tryptophan (an amino acid found in a variety of meat and dairy products) may increase seratonin levels, energy and desire.

 

 Black Pepper
According to The Perfumed Garden ground pepper mixed with cardamom or lavender, galanga, musk, honey and ginger is a potent topical aphrodisiac for men. In India pepper corns are crushed with almonds, mixed with milk and consumed as an aphrodisiac.

 

Rosemary
Stimulates the nerve centres and boosts the circulation of blood.

 

 Saffron

Saffron contains picrocrocin which is alleged to have the ability to cause erotic sensations.

 

 Tomatoes
Known as love-apples by the French, the humble tomato may have been the real culprit that got Adam and Eve kicked out of Eden. Fresh, ripe tomatoes, locally grown and eaten in season are a very seductive food.Tomatoes are rich in the phytochemical lycopene which can help prevent prostate cancer.

 

Truffles
The Greeks and the Romans considered the rare Truffle to be an aphrodisiac.

The musky scent is said to stimulate and sensitize the skin to touch.

The fragrant musty smell of this precious, rare fungus contains chemicals that are similar to the sex hormones in the male pig. (Ok everyone, make your male pig jokes here.) According to the famed French gastronome Brillat-Savarin: “Whoever says ‘truffle’ utters a great word which arouses erotic and gastronomic memories.”

Our opening hours
Lunch: Tuesday to Friday, 12pm - 3.00pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Friday, 6.00pm - 11pm
Weekends: Saturday, 12pm - 11.00pm
Sunday, 12pm - 11.00pm
787 Fulham Road London, SW6 5HD          Tel:  0207 751 0141           E-mail:  golafulham@gmail.com
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