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87 Pimlico Road
020 7730 3663
Enoteca Turi’s move from its longstanding Putney site to a new home in SW1 seems to have been smooth enough, and though the new restaurant is smaller (there are plans to add a private room) it still has the bare-brick charm of the original. Owners Giuseppe and Pamela Turi know many of their loyal customers and are expert oenophiles, while their cooking celebrates the multifarious flavours of Italian regional cooking “at its best”. Expect classics such as wild mushroom risotto from Veneto and a Tuscan lamb ragu with pappardelle, alongside more unusual specialities like a Puglian dish of pancetta-wrapped lamb’s kidneys with Pecorino and herb salad, or marinated beef carpaccio with salt-dried egg yolk and Parmesan from Trentino. Giuseppe’s meticulously annotated 300-bin wine list is a wonder to behold, and with suggestions for every dish on the menu this restaurant more than lives up to its ‘enoteca’ billing.
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87 Pimlico Road
020 7730 3663
Sloane Square Tube Station 298m
Victoria Station 983m
Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum 239m
Sloane Square 321m
Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm
Located downstairs in the wine cellar, the private room at Enoteca Turi is a great space for intimate dining. The walls are lined with Italian wines from the 400+ bottle list and two stunning fireplaces which can be lit in winter. The dining room can seat up to 28 people on one long oval table or up to 25 people on separate tables. Menus can be tailored to your requirements with a choice of up to four dishes for each course. Additional options include canapés, pasta or cheese courses. Minimum spend applies for exclusive use of the room, however, a section of the room may be booked for smaller private parties.
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Food + drink: 2
We first ate in Enoteca Turi in November and we were reasonably impressed, suggesting it wouldn't be too long till we were back. And indeed today we were back for lunch. Now it's not that common for me to review a restaurant twice. Generally it means that there is a conflict between what I thought at the end of the first visit and what I think now, and that's the case here.
Today we ate between us five courses from the a la carte menu; three starters , and two pasta main courses. Each of these dishes was presented very attractively, and the cooking wasn't bad in the sense that the textures seemed pretty good. But not one of the five had a lot of flavour. It's as if they have chosen style over substance.
We both started with a puree of broad beans. It's a dish we've eaten often in Spain and southern Italy. So we know it and we're fond of it. This one was served rather cold and had virtually no discernible taste. Further the myriad small pieces or vegetable and herb that prettily covered said puree had no flavour either. It was entirely an exercise in texture. We both commented that having the vegetables pickled would have added something. This pattern was repeated through a second starter for me of razor clams; nicely arranged, carefully colour coordinated, but really not much flavour. I shan't repeat the story of our main course pastas, but suffice it to say they were equally bland and uninteresting, and equally pretty. This just isn't what I want from Italian food- in fact it isn't what I want from any food, where I'm really hoping that meals taste as good as they look.
The second point relates and contributes to the first. I've said before that this restaurant isn't generous with portions ( that's why I ordered two starters). But beyond that, if there is an ingredient that you might expect to add interest and flavour , then you can bet your boots that its present in extremely small quantities. Examples are the aforesaid razor clams and the squid with my main course- tiny little cubes adding next to nothing to the dish beyond being , just about, visibly there. Its as if the best ingredients are being begrudged rather than being added liberally to enhance the dish as they should.
Service was prompt, pleasant and polite. The restaurant itself is more formal and stiff than you'd expect of a restaurant serving Italian food. Our carafe of wine was fine. The bill, including two coffees, was £110. I'd have no problem with that if the food has reached expectations , but it didn't, and frankly I don't think we'll be back. Sorry.
Food + drink: 4
Its about a year since Zucca closed, and its left a hole in our restaurant list for a restaurant serving interesting yet traditionally- based Italian food, of good quality and without breaking the bank. Does Enoteca Turi fill that gap? Well in some ways it does, sufficiently to anticipate a repeat visit, certainly. We ate five courses between us today, and none were less than nicely cooked and presented. We ate a mix of a la carte dishes and choices from the set lunch menu. We each had a starter- in my case Baccala with polenta; in my wife's case the day's creamy lentil soup . Both pretty good, we thought. For mains we opted for main course-sized pasta dishes; my wife agnolotti with veal, me Paccheri with a sausage ragu and bitter turnip tops that complemented the dish very nicely. We had a half litre of a pleasant Monferrato from northern Italy and again this worked well. So from the point of view of food quality and flavours I'd say we were well satisfied today. Service was brisk ( maybe a fraction too brisk) and always pleasant and friendly.
A couple of things we found maybe a little surprising. First for a restaurant serving food that is in essence fairly informal, the restaurant itself looks and feels a bit stiff, with wait-staff dressed in suits and uniforms, and this is reflected in the way the restaurant looks . Its as if there's something of a dissonance between the nature of the food and the look of the premises/staff. Also. for a person eating his main meal in a restaurant perhaps 150 days of the year, I eat remarkably few desserts. Reason is that I'm diabetic and it takes a lot to tempt me. So usually my main meal in starter, main, wine and coffee, and I find in general that that's enough for me. Today, well my a la carte starter and a main course pasta wasn't quite enough. The pasta ( and my wife's) was somewhat on the small side, and I should say that they might have given rather more of the delicious, smoky, sausage ragu as well. It really wouldn't hurt to give a little more. And that's why my "value" mark is below the food mark. It is not because the food is hugely expensive, its because the main course portions were IMO too small, maybe placing delicacy before satisfaction.
Still, a good meal, and we will go back.
Simply the best italian restaurant in London!
This is real italian genuine food, providing a wide range of the italian cuisine from all the different regions, which makes it even more special, because every time I go there, I know there will be something that reminds me of my region plus dishes from other parts of italy.
The wine list is extensive and lists all possible good wines from all over Italy
Service is always attentive and friendly
I have been to Enoteca Turi several times over the years and always loved it
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