A local restaurant run by local people, A Cena is a boon for first-timers and regulars alike. The dining room's stylish mix of wood and off-white tones can look a little bleak on quiet weekday lunchtimes but, come the evening, it provides a pleasing backdrop for Twickenham's smart set to enjoy capably crafted food. The ‘alla moda Italia' menu is ingredients-led: good-quality salami accompanies fresh buffalo mozzarella, broad beans and mint; spaghetti is dressed with the juices from an osso bucco, enlivened with anchovy and peas; sea bass is cooked ‘al cartoccio' with lashings of oregano and vermouth, plus some plain olive-oil mash on the side. Apart from Champagne, the well-chosen wine list is an all-Italian affair, with knowledgeable staff on hand to assist those who find the terse descriptions inadequate.
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