72 Old Compton Street , London, W1D 4UN

1 reviews

Italian Cafes Soho

SquareMeal Review of Tuscanic

This dinky licensed café bypasses London-based Italian suppliers and goes straight to Tuscany for its bread, charcuterie, beer, wine and more besides. The result is an enticing selection of hearty snacks, filling dishes and assorted items often designed for sharing. Try a terracotta bowl of thick ribollita (a hearty Tuscan bread-and-vegetable soup), followed by a generous platter of cured meats or a crostone (crostini’s bigger brother, piled high with combinations such as melted pecorino, thinly sliced pork and juicy marinated artichokes). For dessert, pistocchi chocolate cake provides a dense, sticky finale. The main dining area, with its cracked white walls and low wooden stools, is a casual, rustic space crammed with shelves of pricey Tuscan produce – perfect for a happy mix of young locals and tourists. Meanwhile, all-Italian staff get the job done.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Leicester Square Tube Station 289m

Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 294m


Address: 72 Old Compton Street , London W1D 4UN

Area: Soho

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm (Fri-Sat -12M)

Nearby Landmarks

Wardour Street 40m

Freedom Theatre 41m


Telephone: 020 3659 9243


Cuisine: Italian Cafes


Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 5.0

Andrew H. bronze reviewer 30 October 2013

Tuscanic was a chance find on a Saturday lunch time. Not much to look at from the outside, it would be easy to pass by and not give much of a second glance. However, step over the threshold and it is worth it. The staff are friendly, efficient and enthusiastic about the produce. The menu gives a good selection, which is reasonably simply but with plenty of variety. The food itself if excellent – simple but with high quality, very fresh ingredients that are just packed with great flavours and textures. A desert of mascapone creme (think Tuscan tiramisu) was a real highlight. I love Italy and travel there often. Tuscanic was a very authentic reminder of why I love it so much.