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|Address:||43 Blandford Street, London W1U 7HF|
|Tel:||020 7768 6565|
|Price: £56.00||Wine: £28.00||Champagne: £68.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-10.30pm Sat-Sun 12.30-4pm 6.30-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)|
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There are a lot articles on Il Baretto – sister of Zuma, Roka and La Petite Maison. This place just is not the same as the others. This does not mean that it is not good, it just ain't the same.
The basement is downstairs – that is usually where you find these things. It has been improved after the recent revamp and is a little more airy than before. The bar upstairs is small but you can quite happily have a drink and a bowl of pasta.
I have eaten here quite a few times and have even hired the whole restaurant for a party. Whether this means I have had different service to other reviewers, I don't know. Agreed the service can be awkward and sometimes stilted and they need to work on it. However previous reviews of Mineral water being filled with tap water are just a little overblown.
As far as I can see they are trying to bring a little bit of London charm to a traditional Italian Trattoria. They may have fallen a little below the mark with the service but so far they have always produced on the food.
The sharing starters are always good – carpaccio, vitello tonnata, thinly slice porchetta all as they should be. The calamari and zuccthini fritti were crispy, salty and hot and are my fave.
Pizzas are big and good, the pizza oven from the previous incarnation has been painted and always turns out a crispy base. They may possibly be a little pricey.
The mains are again a tad expansive, but they are big. The paillards are big enough for two people, which when reconciled at the end of the meal does make the mains cheaper that pizza express!
Puddings are outstanding, the new pastry chef really knows her stuff.
The wines are mainly good italian, some are a bit on the high side again but they cost that at most places.
I will keep going back.