May 11, 2018
This tiny but essential new bar on Soho’s Old Compton Street is like a little slice of Italy in the heart of London. Serving quality coffee care of Marco Arrigo, head of quality for Illy and inventive cocktails care of the near-legendary Tony Conigliaro of 69 Colebrooke Row, this place is properly special. The vibe is supremely European, the walls white tile, the mood laid-back yet stylish. The coffee is excellent and potent espresso can be knocked back at the bar in true Italian fashion. The Negroni is the focus of the cocktail list. There are three variations on the classic drink as well as a selection of aperitivo and a small wine list. But though the selection is limited, the focus here is on quality. Drinks are layered and balanced creations, an ideal spur to appetite (and reasonably priced by Soho standards), while coffee is a bit on the pricy side but the quality is high and these babies are triple-shot affairs so it’s more than worth it. Given the size of the space and the reputation of those involved, booking is advisable if you want to guarantee a table – we can see this place being very popular indeed.