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This casual Italian has worked hard to become ‘a firm Soho favourite’, tweaking its offer as time passes. A handful of high tables and stools have been installed at ground level, while dimmer
lighting and vintage prints on burgundy walls have transformed the rather awkward basement into a cosy (if somewhat rowdy) dining room. The kitchen has responded by offering moreish cichetti such
as tangy lamb meatballs in glossy tomato and chickpea sauce or gooey stracciatella cheese with piquant multicoloured tomatoes ahead of bouncy macaroni enriched with a sauce of rabbit, cream, fennel
and tarragon. For dessert, a marshmallow-like tiramisu and ‘amazing’ homemade ice creams hit the spot, while highlights at the lively, copper-topped bar are Prosecco on tap and ‘must-try’ homemade
vermouths. Smiley ‘super-charming’ staff have also raised their game considerably. In short, a ‘thoroughly enjoyable’ experience.
Where: SohoCuisine: ItalianSwank Levels: 2/5Soho is one of my favourite places to dine out as there are literally streets full of amazing restaurants to choose from. Mele e Pele however is not located on one of these popular dining streets. In addition to this there is something not quite right with Mele E Pele and itâs got a lot to do with the space.Read more Â»
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