Vasco & Piero's Pavilion 22

15 Poland Street , London, W1F 8QE

6 reviews

48 Italian Soho Private Dining

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SquareMeal Review of Vasco & Piero's Pavilion

A resident of Poland Street since 1989, this unassuming low-key Soho Italian still exudes the comforting vibe of a well-loved neighbourhood restaurant. Tables are tightly packed in the long-narrow dining room (those at the rear are the best for privacy), while the kitchen delivers “comforting traditional food” with a strong regional slant. Expect a succession of delicately rendered Umbrian dishes from a menu that changes twice a day – perhaps handmade tagliatelle with a rich ragù or roast Tuscan sausages with black truffle butter and Pecorino. Elsewhere, a crisp endive salad with Gorgonzola, walnut and sweet mustard dressing shows the kitchen’s lighter side. The menu’s layout invites flexibility, although we recommend a conventional sweet finish – perhaps a serving of gooey bonet (chocolate, coffee and Amaretto mousse). Prices are modest considering the location, an all-Italian wine list explores the regions, and “superb” switched-on service will please West End diners looking for a mature, but thoroughly modern, Italian experience.

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8.8

Food & Drink: 8.8

Service: 9.3

Atmosphere: 9.2

Value: 9.2

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Paul U. 13 March 2014

Not being a local i needed to find somewhere to take my mother for an after show meal. Searched via Google and this website; it came out as well reviewed and feeling that you are safe with Italian when more senior members of the family are involved i went for it. Very pleasant interior, not trying to be too mediterranean (whitewash and palms! Yuk!), looked fairly steady inside, not too busy. Staff are just the best I've ever found, nothing was too much trouble, extremely polite (she liked that), prompt service with excellently prepared and presented food. Mother didn't want a starter whereas i did, however they kindly brought out a light salad for her to nibble whilst i enjoyed mine. The main course was just perect for both of us, we didn't want dessert but were persuaded, glad they did becasue it was dreamy, all rounded off with an irish coffee. Very reasonable bill considering. Would i go back again? You betcha I would! (may even take my wife as well!)

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

S.H 11 September 2012

It was our first visit to the Pavillion last night and it won't be the last! Friendly staff, nice atmosphere and amazing food! Pesce Spada (Swordfish) dish was to die for, fresh, moist and full of flavor. Couldn't believe the freshness of everything on my plate. We truly felt we could relax and enjoy our meal without having to shout over the table at each other..it was quiet and intimate. Will most definitely be returning, as its so hard to find a decent Italian and this is one of the best in London.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Jon H. 16 May 2011

I was taken to Vasco's around 12 years ago and instantly fell in love with its charm, atmosphere and wonderful food. The kitchen use fresh and quality seasonal ingredients, give them the simplest and lightest of touches and consistently deliver exceptional Italian dishes. I have eaten there on dates, with team parties, and groups of friends and every time had something that wowed me and made me instantly think it had been too long since I last been. The result was I never wanted to tell anyone about it, Vasco's was like a wonderful secret, just between me and the busy little dining room of other people chatting over sublime dishes and Italian wines. Sadly it is time to tell everyone about it, as the last time I was in Vasco's (a Tuesday evening), it was empty, me and two friends, and a single man in the far corner. With such beautiful pasta, fish and meaty dishes, stunning anti pasti and puddings to die for (the panna cotta and Umbrian cherries a gelatinous trip to gastro heaven, and beyond), the little dining room should not be left so empty. Take the set lunch or pre-theatre menus for stunning deals, or go a little later and linger over the a la carte menu and great wine list. You'll not be disappointed.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Grumbling Gourmet platinum reviewer 16 November 2010

Vasco & Piero's Pavilion has been there for 40 odd years, anonymously squatting on the unlovely Poland Street. Synonymous with London's media scene, it's one of those places that advertising execs used to take folk for a roister-doister, “it's alright, we're not needed back at the office anytime soon, now how about that contract” lunch into afternoon into evening event to celebrate. And in all the times I've been in there, in that state, I've never remembered to ask about the name though… The menu downstairs is set, something I'd be less bothered about if there were more than eight of us. Especially having drooled over the menu upstairs, with its extensive list of pastas and wonderful sounding dishes; lombetto, a cured loin of Umbrian pork, tortellioni of duck or seabass, fennel flavoured salamis, the list goes on… Not having been there for a few years, I was looking forward to this. God knows why, but I went for a standard but unadventurous asparagus and mozzarella starter. Nothing special. It came drizzled with a beautifully fresh, zingy and fragrant basil oil but the trimmed asparagus felt like it hadn't been out of the fridge for long enough. I suppose it's partly my fault for ordering it way out of season. If the starter was a bit of a let down, then the pasta course reminded me why I love good Italian food. Little pockets of silky smooth aubergine ravioli came with tooth sticking aubergine skin fried into tiny tasty splinters scattered atop the sun yellow pasta parcels. The room silenced until the pasta had vanished. The main of duck breast was served simply with green beans, great quality ingredients and lovely with a lipsmacking jus. A simple desert of baked ricotta was slightly spoilt by too sharp raspberries, but was in itself lovely. Like Andrew Edmunds, The Ivy and a number of other little Soho gems, it hasn't changed much in years, and keeps going in such a cutthroat location because it gets the fundamentals right time after time. The chefs inspiration, and many of the ingredients, come from Umbria in central Italy. They cater to a local crowd who know the staff and each other and take the odd party, like us, and shoehorn them away in a downstairs room where they won't disturb the regulars. Not that I minded, it was perfectly pleasant, if a little like dining in a provincial hotel with it's light and forgettable decor. On thing to note about the upstairs is that the noise levels frequently get high. It's not somewhere for a quiet tete a tete (but ideal to tell someone some bad news..)

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Paulina b. 23 March 2009

If you know about Italian cuisine, whether you are Italian or not, you can feel frustrated about finding a good Italian restaurant with simple and straight forward Italian food in the heart of London; well, this one does it!!! no pretense, fabuolos tagliatelle with an amazing fresh tomato sauce, great hand made tortelloni; it just makes me feel at home without having to clear up. Friendly staff without pestering you every five seconds with the overated “are you ok?”, “do you need anything else?” Recommend it if you want a straight forward meal without any paraphernalia.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Stephen C. 31 December 2008

Visited the Pavillion for the first time and absolutely delighted with the choice. Friendly and courteous welcome, we choose a starter of Umbrian hams and an avocado and tomato salad followed by stuffed chicken breasts and lamb cutlets, with delightful panacotta and fudge cake to finish. The dishes are incredible to the taste but also the aroma as the plate is placed in front of you, the freshness of the ingredients are incredible worth a visit just to enjoy the aroma. Would definitely be returning and wish them all the very best in the forthcoming year.

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