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22 August 2014
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Spaghetti House St Martin's Lane

30 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ER

£33.00 Italian Covent Garden
  • Wine: £16.50
  • Champagne: £35.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm Sun -9pm)

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Spaghetti House (established in 1955) played no small part in turning the risk-averse British dining public into the sophisticated tiramisu & taleggio lovers of today. While newer restaurants tout voguish ingredients & trendy ideas, SH’s branches strike a balance between ‘Britalian’ favourites & authentic regional flavours. Expect to find blasts from the culinary past such as prawns, avocado & iceberg lettuce, breaded veal escalope with spaghetti napoli, Hawaiian pizza & profiteroles alongside smarter choices like pizza bianca with potato, rosemary & pancetta, arancini al Gorgonzola, & affogato. But who can say where the Italian burger & pizza Nutella fit in? The all-Italian wine list works hard to introduce good regional & varietal coverage where it can, & rarely exceeds the £30 mark. Beer is basic Moretti.

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  1. Spaghetti House St Martin's Lane

    30 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ER
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    Diana S.

    Ist time at The Spaghetti House, St Martin's Lane

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  1. 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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