Locanda Ottoemezzo

2-4 Thackeray Street , London, W8 5ET

5 reviews

58 Italian Kensington

Locanda Ottoemezzo

SquareMeal Review of Locanda Ottoemezzo

Taking its theme from Federico Fellini’s cult film 8½, smart Locanda Ottoemezzo manages to capture some of the style & glamour of the movie & the era it evokes. The sultry neon signs & black frontage might suggest a bordello, while racy photos of 50s’ icons add to the adult feel, & the basement rooms have a decadent, sultry quality. Prices are steep & the menu is broadly modern Italian, although the kitchen occasionally ventures east – adding soy & honey to grilled tuna steak, for example. Beef carpaccio with parmesan & truffle shavings suits the mood, likewise a grown-up dish of squid-ink pasta with calamari & chilli, while pannacotta with a glass of Vin Santo makes a lush finale. There’s a daytime café next door, although the adjoining chocolate shop is no more.

Locanda Ottoemezzo is recommended for

Buzzy | Cosy | Fun | Traditional | Romantic | Outside Seating

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

High Street Kensington Tube Station 245m

Gloucester Road Tube Station 762m

Address

Address: 2-4 Thackeray Street , London W8 5ET

Area: Kensington

Opening times

Tues-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Wed 7-10.30pm Thurs-Sat 6-10.45pm (Sat 7pm- )

Nearby Landmarks

Kensington Palace 492m

Kensington Museum 533m

Details

Telephone: 020 7937 2200

Website:

Cuisine: Italian

Dinner: £30/34 (2/3 Courses)

Private Dining: 12

9.0

Food & Drink: 8.8

Service: 9.2

Atmosphere: 9.2

Value: 7.4

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Hugo G. silver reviewer 17 February 2015

A wonderful evening in a warm and friendly local.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Tullio S. 11 October 2014

Food and service are always top at this restaurant. Ambience is also unique and very cosy if you are not surrounded by noisy guests. Food is always great and well prepared. Try the home specialty of risotto in crosta or let the waiter suggest their seasonal specials. Enjoy

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Caped C. silver reviewer 22 September 2013

There are a ton of Italian restaurants in London and sometimes it's difficult for the good ones to get standout. However, Locanda Ottoemezzo has no such problems as the food does the talking. Skillfully put together with flavours that leap off the plate, you can tell a lot of love and care goes into the cooking. The restaurant itself is a very calm place and perfect for either a date or a group of friends. Went as part of a big party and the Chef didn't miss a beat. Starters included carpaccios and half moon pastas, cooked so deliciously each bite melted in the mouth. Mains included Uruguayn fillet of beef, fondant of potatoes, Tuna in breadcrumbs and assorted liguines. Each dish was expertly executed and absolutely delicious! Finished off with deserts – the Chocolate Nemesis is particularly recommended. Possibly, one of my new favourite restaurants and will definitely going back sooner rather than later.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 08 April 2013

Ottoemezzo is a really fun, unorthodox place. Set over two floors with an almost cave-like lower ground floor dining room and with more less intimate tables at street level, the atmosphere is the star here. Just off Kensington Square, the setting is very hush-hush and truely romantic. Equally fun for a dinner with out-of-town visitors for “something different”. The food is perfectly fine without hitting any exquisite high notes as one could expect at other famous Italian eateries in London. This really is the only nagging I have: the setting, service and atmosphere are great but somehow the food seems to combine what seem like rather exquisite ingredients with an overall slightly underwhelming result. However, as indicated above this is not as much a foodie destination as one for a soaking up a special atmosphere otherwise only found behind unmarked doors in Milan, Rome or Verona.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Victoria silver reviewer 03 December 2009

An excellent choice for a group party in Kensignton. It's a sprawling restaurant full of seperate rooms and nooks and crannys, covered in Italian movie memorabillia. Lots of Fellini posters, rare album covers and even some signed knickers and a negligee in the basement (am hoping from a well known 60's siren and not from a happy punter). The food was excellent, I got food envy looking at the scallop starter. I had the foie gras with a grape salad which was delicious, followed by their showcase main course the risotto served in a huge parmesan rind. I loved the performance of dishing the rissoto onto my plate and scraping lots of fresh parmesan into it in the process. Other succesful dishes on the table included their special main course of rabbit ragu ravioli in a butter and sage sauce. The homemade ice cream was beautifully done and the presentation of the chocolate tart and tiramisu looked fantastic. It's worth noting they had a truffle based special menu which included a starter of stuffed guinea fowl with white truffles at £32. I've never had truffles before and at those prices I am not going to in the near future either. A lot of reviews about this restaurant mention the prices. It is undeniably expensive. It was perfect for our occasion and if you won't balk at a goats cheese salad starter at £15 you'll love it. I just couldn't justify those prices if I was eating without the expense account. The service was excellent and it's a really unsual restaurant with reliable Italian dishes. Charming, quirky, friendly and very very expensive!

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