Category Archive: Italian

Flying Solo: London’s best solo dining spots

I find the most satisfying meals I have these days are the impulsive, solo ones. I’ll be honest – I never appreciated the joys of solo dining in my younger days… always slightly… Continue reading

Frescobaldi Winemaker’s Dinner

The Frescobaldi family are one of Italy’s most renowned winemaking dynasties. Originating in Tuscany, their vigneron heritage has spanned 700 years and 30 generations. Word has it that they’ve supplied their wines to… Continue reading

Apero: fresh, modern Mediterranean flavours in the Ampersand’s speakeasy-style cellar

Snugged underneath the Victorian arched cellars of the Ampersand Hotel, the newly launched Apero is a breath of fresh air for an otherwise mediocre and often overpriced South Kensington dining scene. There’s no sterile… Continue reading

Dalla Terra: the return of the Enoteca

Amidst the hustle bustle of Covent Garden, St Martin’s Courtyard offers a surprising oasis of calm from the hoards of tourists on their pilgrimage through Long Acre. In fact, until last year, I… Continue reading

Trullo: all the ingredients for a marvellous neighbourhood Italian restaurant

The recipe for a great neighbourhood Italian restaurant should be a no-brainer in theory. Fresh ingredients, simply cooked…. good value… comfortable, buzzy surroundings… and service that’s warm, efficient and comes with a smile.… Continue reading

Semplice: contender for the biggest letdown of the year

I’ll keep this review short ‘n simple, as despite it’s 1 Michelin star, I found very little to like about Semplice. The one saving grace: The pastas. Top notch ingredients, simply but skillfully… Continue reading

Zucca.

184 Bermondsey Street, SE1  | zuccalondon.com | ingested Fri 23rd Jul’10 & 13th Aug’10 If you want to see the model for a truly great neighbourhood Italian restaurant, head down to Zucca on… Continue reading

Fifteen @ Watergate Bay (Cornwall)

Watergate Bay, Cornwall | fifteencornwall.co.uk | ingested 4th July ’10 After 6 hours on the train from London Paddington to Newquay (post-GSCE-adolescents screaming at the top of their lungs the entire way), this… Continue reading

Salt Yard.

54 Goodge Street, W1T London | http://www.saltyard.co.uk | ingested Friday 4th June ’10 Ben Tish’s unique breed of hybrid Iberian-Italian tapas is bold and inspired, drawing packs of happy diners night in, night… Continue reading

Il Bordello.

81 Wapping High Street, E1W 2YG | 020 7481 9950 | ingested Fri 29th January If there is one reason worth venturing out to the cobble-stoned roads of isolated Wapping, its this bustling,… Continue reading

StoryDeli.

No. 3 Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery (**now relocated to 3 Redchurch Strt, E2 7DJ) | Saturday brunched on Nov 21st ‘09 Thin crust or thick crust pizza? For me, pizza is all… Continue reading

L’Anima.

Snowden Street, London EC2 | lanima.co.uk | ingested Oct 17th ’09 I’m a firm believer that the best time to catch a restaurant at its prime is not when its already been showered… Continue reading

SpaccaNapoli.

(**unfortunately, since writing this post, SpaccaNapoli has since closed down) 101 Dean Street, Soho W1 | http://www.spaccanapoli.co.uk | ingested twice in ’09 A stone’s throw off the chaos of Oxford Street, it would… Continue reading