Occupying a light-filled corner site near Portobello Road, it's no surprise that Mediterraneo is such a long-standing hit with locals. Despite the formal white tablecloths, a casual, gregarious buzz prevails in the dining room with its tile-clad walls and wooden rafters. The kitchen delivers accomplished Mediterranean flavours without ever taking itself too seriously – the key to straightforward starters such as smoked mozzarella with wild mushrooms, or tomato and basil soup, lies in the first-rate ingredients. For the main course, homemade ravioli might come with a classic pumpkin and ricotta filling, while flame-licked fillet of veal is partnered by crispy zucchini. A pithy children's menu and takeaway offering reinforce the neighbourly vibe, as do the chirpy waiting staff. Well-made Negronis, keenly priced Prosecco and big-hitting Tuscan reds are an added fillip for those with drinking in mind.
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