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The latest Roman invader hoping to make a conquest on these shores is fisherman-turned restaurateur Johnny Micalusi – the man behind Assunta Madre in the Campo de Fiori district of the Italian capital. His first London outing relies heavily on fastidious sourcing, with seafood procured from Rome’s Terracina fish auction as well as his own boat (also called Assunta Madre). Supplies are flown in daily for the Mayfair kitchen and there's an aquarium too – if you fancy picking your dinner while it’s still swimming. Fans of the original restaurant (including the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen and Rafael Nadal) can expect some of their old favourites including tuna tartare and shrimp gnocchi, as well as freshly prepared ceviches from the iced counter.

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Assunta Madre

8-10 Blenheim Street ,London W1S 1LJ

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Fresh fish; fundamentally flawed

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Oct 2015

Editor's pick In a world seemingly increasingly preoccupied with local food and minimal carbon footprints stands Assunta Madre, resolutely sticking its metaphorical two fingers up at these concepts. Reading about this restaurant prior to dining here on a recent weekday evening, I was reminded of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho, a statement on excess and incongruity. Assunta Madre’s USP is that they fly their fish in directly from Italy so that diners can partake only in the freshest fish, caught the same...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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Assunta Madre

8-10 Blenheim Street ,London W1S 1LJ

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Just fly to Sicily

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Oct 2014

If you are looking for amazing seafood and pastas, fly to Sicily or eat at Bartolotta in Las Vegas. I was hoping Assunta Madre would be as good as I heard great things but it was pricey and some dishes were great and some were just bland and didn't deliver. I included a full review with lots of pictures on my blog.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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Assunta Madre

8-10 Blenheim Street ,London W1S 1LJ

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May 2014

There are many great Italian restaurants in London so better to pass on this one. Eaten many times in the original in Rome and it is faultless. London, sadly, is a joke. Service – badly organised and disinterested, much of what's on the menu – unavailable, the wine list – organized so ridiculously that the sommelier said 'we've just started – it will get better soon'. When it comes to paying your bill? You better be happy to wait 25 minutes. There are many better ways to spend 200 quid on a Sat...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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