May 11, 2018
This attractive space is the sister venue to the stylish San Carlo and serves cocktails, cicchetti, and Italian small plates to an appreciative crowd. The room is very easy on the eye, all white and light, with creamy banquettes and a chic, contemporary air. There’s a separate bar area, similarly stylish with a long marble-topped bar, where you can enjoy a couple of cocktails or a glass of unchy Italian red. The focus here is on classic Italian aperitivo, spritzes, Negronis and the like, all very well made and prettily presented, perfect pre-dinner tipples. Food-wise, we’re talking small bites crostini and fritti (fried things, including courgettes and Sicilian prawns) as well as bigger dishes, salads and carpaccios, home-made pasta and superior pizza we like the sound of one topped with nduja, that delicious Calabrian spicy sausage. Their spiedino of monkfish and prawn marinated in garlic, parsley and lemon also ticks our boxes. Sharing plates of mini desserts are available for the indecisive and the coffee is decent, as you’d hope from an Italian establishment. Service can be a little brusque but otherwise there’s a lot to like about this place and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.