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|Address:||7 Langton Street, London SW10 0JL|
|Tel:||020 7351 0761|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.45pm 6-11pm|
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La Famiglia has been an institution in Chelsea for longer than I have been alive. I was first introduced to the restaurant fourteen years ago and have made it a regular haunt ever since.
The food is unashamedly country, almost peasant, in style and all the better for it. There's none of the glitz and glamour that you get from Locanda Locatelli for instance, but instead you have wholesome hearty food that is consistently good, and occasionally outstanding.
In truth it's not the best Italian in London, but it does have this warm, welcoming homely atmosphere that makes up for any shortfall in the food. The menu hasn't really changed much in all the years I've been going, and I have been hankering after a bit of a change from the usual. Having said that, I still eat the same things!! Gamberoni – big prawns, great sauce, just wish there was more of it! The tagliata di manzo – sliced sirloin steak, lambs lettuce, balsamic reduction – still brilliant.
Desserts? Like your mum's mum would make – rustic, simple, full of flavour, but the presentation is always an afterthought!
Still, it wouldn't have the same charm if it wasn't the way it is!