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22 Holbein Place
It may be well into its forties, but this enduring Italian looks pretty dapper and still knows how to keep its loyal regulars satisfied. Stylish red banquettes, fresh flowers and bright white walls
festooned with old photos create a chic yet relaxed dining space, while confident, smartly turned-out staff don’t mind sharing a joke or two. The menu is marked by some intriguing regional
specialities alongside more familiar trattoria standbys: look for wild boar prosciutto and dried pears drizzled with honey, salted cod simmered with tomatoes, paprika and garlic or piccata alla
perugina (veal escalope sautéed with anchovies, capers and lemon zest topped with ham and chopped chicken livers). Como Lario also has a cosy downstairs
dining room can be hired for events and parties.
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22 Holbein Place
Sloane Square Tube Station 243m
Victoria Station 1km
Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum 235m
Sloane Square 240m
Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Fri-Sun -5pm) 6-11pm (Sun -9.30pm)
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Rate & Review
Food + drink: 4
"Return visit after a decade?'
It was after an afternoon of discussion and chat over difficult personal circumstances that the evening quickly drew close, and so one ventured towards the Sloane Square where there are many choices for a light dinner. However long though it had been, and it has been well over 10 years, the thought of revisiting Como Lario just off the square for some grilled vegetables and other Italian antipasti sounded like a good idea.
Drawing up towards the entrance one is met with the bustle of a typical Italian restaurant which is cosy and well decked out in a traditional feel, and with single but perfectly blossomed champagne roses on each table. The waiters are very cheerful, and some song and dance one would imagine could even be quite possible later on in the proceedings.
We did stick to our intended plan and had grilled vegetables but also some spinach on the side accompanied by the house white and some San Benedicta fizzy mineral water. Its still a delight to sit in a more period feel restaurant, with the comforts of cushions and warm ambience. One is actually reminded on the contrary, how overly contemporary and bland or even cold, modern restaurants can be in their strivings for a clean decor. Anyway perhaps one was filled with some nostalgia having not been here for over a decade, to start reminiscing about the warmth of the restaurant.
It was a light and short meal which was also sweet. Other clientele seemed to be often international and even American, and of friends dining, even parents with their son (who we overheard was complaining how his investment acumen and track record had not been appreciated by the greater good), and other larger groups of family and friends. Congenial enough and certainly a comforting environment, especially after the afternoon that had just gone by.
All in all and although one had not had the whole hog of a meal as it were, the impression was that Como L still delivers what it did so many years ago.
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