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Readers are full of enthusiasm for this “fantastic” local eatery – the brainchild of chef Maurizio Morelli from fancy-pants Latium in Fitzrovia. By contrast, informality is the name of the game at Briciole – so expect a cheery trattoria vibe, “genial” service and easy prices, with a ‘gastronomia’ (deli/café) attached. The name means ‘breadcrumbs’, so it’s no surprise that artisan baked goods feature strongly on the long menu (focaccia bruschetta with ‘nduja and Burrata, say), while the tapas-style approach also yields soft slices of smoked tuna, grilled sausages with bitter turnip tops and sweet-and-sour Palermo-style meatballs. Veggies are well served, traditional desserts range from Sicilian cannoli to moist chocolate cake, and there are some terrific regional wines by the glass. Alternatively, do some shopping and bag a table in the adjoining deli for coffee, pastries, well-sourced charcuterie and cheeses.
When I heard about the opening of Briciole I knew I had to try it in my desperate and thus far not successful search for a decent and non pretentious neighbourhood Italian.
Briciole is located in the non-fashionable part of Marylebone, close to Edgware Road tube station, and even with Sat Nav not very easy to find. You enter in a small deli/wine bar area which opens into a rustic dining room. Initially we were rather unsure about Briciole. The plates that were carried past us while we were waiting for our table to be cleared didn’t look all that appetising and we spend some time admiring the very tacky and...
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