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Based at the Festival Terrace of the South Bank complex, Caffe Vergnano 1882 has long been famous for its sublime coffee honed to perfection by three generations over 124 years. Now they have taken this love of all things Italian into the restaurant offering starters such as Bruschetta San Marzano, Bresola and Calamari Fritti. Classics continue with the mains including Saltimbocca alla Romana and Grilled Tuna with a mixed pepper sauce, whilst the Pasta and Risotto Menu offers Wild Mushroom and Rocket Risotto. There is also a thoughtful selection of Italian wines to go with this classic menu. Finish with a Tiramisu Vergnano, accompanied by what The Times called the best espresso in London, made with their award-winning blend that arrives on an Armani tray.
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29 October 2016
Walking around Southbank I realised, with great appall, that the entire area had been conquered by chains of restaurants and cafes – Wagamama, Cafe Nero, Las Iguanas. Nothing that would inspire a unique, non-mainstream experience. With this in mind I decided to enter the one chain I had not come across before.
The place was rather empty and had that “you have entered a chain restaurant/cafe please look at our uninspired menu” feel. The staff was incredibly friendly, and morning did dictate a tea would be in order (so many of the other places seemed particularly inappropriate).
Boiled water with a hint of tea was not a surprising outcome – I find that in such places it’s always the tea that suffers most (think of Nero, Starbucks etc). The porridge (around 4.5 in price) was pleasant, certainly better than what Pret offers. The bananas definitely gave it some much needed flavour – yet it made me think that it’s not enough for a restaurant to just make a decent dish, they also need to be inspired enough to combine it with other ingredients that blend well with it.
Didn’t quite get that here.
27 December 2014
Will not be going back here. Furniture is old & torn, menus feel dirty & grim. Even though we were the only ones downstairs, it took nearly 10mins for us to be asked if we wanted a drink. We ended up walking out.
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