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Hidden away on a quiet residential street, this dapper-looking ristorante with its primrose awnings is a godsend for Chelsea locals who can afford its prices. Passers-by might not notice it by day, but you can’t mistake the animated hubbub emanating from its relaxed, monochrome dining room in the evening. Signed photos of celebrity patrons and Italian greats provide a talking point among the neatly laid tables, while the kitchen deals in regional dishes with a Venetian bias – skewered baby cuttlefish and prawns served cold on spinach, wild boar sausages with wild mushrooms and polenta, char-grilled sea bream with mint sauce and trattoria desserts such as pannacotta or zabaglione. There are also some top-flight Italian wines too. Owner Roberto Ziani and his beguiling staff stoke the atmosphere with dolce vita, and the whole experience is “guaranteed to make you happy”.
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