Hidden in plain sight just a couple of minutes’ walk from Shoreditch station, this latest outpost of the well-loved Italian brand is effortlessly stylish. Occupying the ground floor of the Redchurch Townhouse (a boutique hotel in the style of Dean Street Townhouse), the space oozes glamour, with contemporary art, low-level lighting and the same striped marble floors used at its sister restaurants in Mayfair and the City.
Clearly the whole effect works well, judging by regular packed houses – even midweek. Thanks to a constant influx of young fashionable types, the pleasant buzz of chatter helps to create an atmosphere that’s made for authentic Italian dining.
The menu offers a selection of trattoria classics, from cicchetti to pizza and pasta, the latter available as individual portions and ‘for the table’ sharing bowls. We found the beef lasagne delicious (if a little gooey), but the cavatelli al pesto was under-seasoned. Dessert brought it back though, with a generous helping of profiteroles filled with pistachio gelato and drizzled liberally in chocolate sauce.
A decent selection of wines by the glass and a pleasing cocktail list round off the menu nicely, making Cecconi’s Shoreditch a solid choice for dining out in east London.