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15 Poland Street
020 7437 8774
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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15 Poland Street
020 7437 8774
Oxford Circus Tube Station 295m
Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 344m
Marks & Spencer Pantheon (Oxford Street) 87m
Oxford Street Youth Hostel 134m
Mon-Fri 12.15-2.30pm Mon-Sat 5-10pm
An always-reliable choice if you’re looking for old-fashioned charm in the heart of Soho, Vasco &Piero’s Pavilion has been serving uncomplicated Italian food since 1971. Its private dining room can seat up to 36, and comes with its own bar, so meals can kick off with pre-dinner cocktails. To eat, diners have a choice of four starters and four main courses, while desserts are chosen from the day’s selection. Menus can be personalised with logos or names, and, if you like, the room can also be personalised with your own decorations.
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Food + drink: 5
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!)
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
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.
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