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Tonight I’m back in Covent Garden (which always makes me very happy) and I’m dining at a real London institution. Spaghetti House is nearly 60 years old. And it has a really good story.The original restaurant was set up by Northern Italian friends Lorenzo Fraquelli and Simone Lavarini in 1955. The two first met in Soho’s Bar Italia (where else?) in 1948, having come to London separately. Lorenzo worked at the original Quaglinos and Simone in Switzerland and later at the Savoy. They started with coffee shops and in 1955 realised their dream by opening the Spaghetti House on the ground floor of a house in Goodge Street (hence the house!), with the motto: “Spaghetti, but not on toast”...
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