De Santis

11-13 Old Street , London, EC1 9HL

SquareMeal Review of De Santis

Grey, sand and mulberry-toned Milanese design in the street-level bar, plus slouchy leather sofas in a second dive bar with sport on TV – that’s the understated look at this Italian wine and aperitivo hangout. The day kicks off with continental and eggy breakfasts, coffees and pastries, while lunchtime staples could typically include pastas with classic sauces, pizza by the slice, pies and a vast range of panini. Come aperitivo hour, enjoy a Bellini, Negroni, Martini, Caipirinha or Aperol Spritz with a selection of assaggini nibbles for a tenner. In the evening, anticipate a selection of small plates, soups, salads, risottos and reasonably priced mains such as chicken alla pizzaiola, sea bass or lasagne al forno. To drink, order a cold Peroni or Moretti beer; otherwise pick from 10 reasonably priced wines by the glass or bottle. 

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