Elegant olive trees in smart white planters mark the territory of this old-school Docklands Italian, which has been here since the skyscrapers started rising on Canary Wharf. Not surprisingly, the kitchen sticks to a tried-and-tested formula of trattoria classics – from garlicky king prawns in olive oil and white wine (a house special) to various pastas and generous main courses at reassuringly affordable prices (try a nicely turned out veal chop with fresh sage and lemon zest or sea-bass fillet with steamed fennel and Pernod). Italy provides most of the welcoming staff, as well as the lion’s share of the wines on the unshowy list. Those not hurrying to their desks can now take advantage of a Sicilian breakfast of coffee and pastries, while the waterside alfresco bar is ideal for an after-work wind-down.
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