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.
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