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Old Soho-ites who bewail the steady erosion of their neighbourhood’s Italian character can take heart from Mele e Pere. This casual, confident bar-cum-restaurant delivers what its customers want, while pursuing its own lines of interest (three types of homemade vermouth, we’re looking at you). Ex-Arbutus chef Andrea Mantovani has “added a new dimension to the menu” with sharing starters such as rib-eye tartare and deep-fried squid with smoked aïoli. He doesn’t always play it straight, either – bigoli with spicy spianata salami and broad beans contrasts with the soothingly familiar “comfort food vibe” of risotto milanese. Mains tend to favour butch ideas such as veal chop with borettane onions or lamb’s heart with San Daniele ham and lentils, while acacia and rosemary gelato is a neat way of closing proceedings. Note that decibels can skyrocket in the basement.
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  1. Published : Thursday, 3 July 2014

    Her Favourite Food :: Mele E Pere

    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 it’s got a lot to do with the space.Read more »
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  1. Published : Thursday, 27 March 2014

    The Cutlery Chronicles :: mele e pere, soho - review

    Occupying a prime location on the corner of Brewer Street and Great Pulteney Street in the middle of the dining hotspot that is Soho, the heart of Mele e Pere (“apples and pears”) is found below ground. Continue down a flight of tiled stairs - past the few tables, window bar-seating and mirrored wall adorned with glass apples and pears upon entrance - and diners are greeted with an impressive copper-topped bar and a large yet restful dining space.

    My companion was someone who knows the restaurant and the dishes well, so I said that thing that is either well-received or slightly aggravating in this situation;...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 23 February 2013

    inher30s :: Mele e Pere….. and all things nice

    4 of us descend on Mele e Pere, enchanted by the twinkly glass Apple, Pears and Tomatoes in the window – which gives the place an air of the gallery about it. Incidentally I’ve now googled Mele e Pere and discovered it means Apples and Pears. The tomatoes are imposters! The menu comprises of a selection of sharing plates to start and pasta & larger mains to follow – so far pretty standard Italian fare...
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  1. Mele e Pere opened its doors this year in an area that is blessed with many good dining establishments. We were curious how it would stack up against the many choices available to those who happen to be looking for a bite to eat in the West End.

    Mele e Pere is located in the heart of Soho, an area that is littered with excellent restaurants. Think Barrafina, Bocca di Lupo, 10 Greek Street, Dehesa and Pitt Que & co. Therefore, any restaurant that opens in the area faces extremely stiff competition and needs to offer great food and good service in order to stand a chance.
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  1. Published : Friday, 7 February 2014

    The Hedonist :: Mele e Pere – Review

    I went to Soho trattoria Mele e Pere a couple of times after it opened and whilst I liked the space and concept I found the food rather uneven, so I was pleased to be asked back to review to see how things have progressed.
    It is a 100 cover restaurant and head chef Andrea Mantovani, who is a partner in the business, has an impressive c.v. that includes Arbutus, Wild Honey, Les Deux Salons, Harry’s Bar as well as collaborating with Chef Giorgio Locatelli...
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  1. Published : Friday, 29 November 2013

    S.W. Foodie :: Mele e Pere

    Mele e Pere ('Apples and Pears') is a restaurant that has been recommended to me by many. It's a good central location and Soho is always buzzing any night of the week. We were sat on the ground floor at a lovely high rustic table and bar style stool seating.
    The menu changes weekly/sometimes daily and on our evening it was particularly hard to choose from.

    Hand made pastas were all teamed with delicious sounding sauces, Truffled gnocchi, aubergine with pancetta ravioli and a beef ragu were all making my life a little harder. Luckily it was apparent that the boys were also finding choosing hard none...
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Essential Details for Mele e Pere

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £41.00
  • Wine: £17.50
  • Champagne: £59.50

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