The Bernadi brothers have rebranded their namesake restaurant and in its place now stands The Italian Greyhound. Reminiscent of a traditional Italian bacari, it sits smartly on the corner of Seymour Street, just minutes from Marble Arch station.
Approaching the restaurant you can already feel the Italian style oozing into the street, with elegant sage and green striped awnings setting the scene of a little piece of Venice here in W1. On sunny days there is outside seating so passers by can glance over at the quaint scene of customers dining and drinking in the sun. Inside the restaurant, the ground floor is split between a bar and restaurant, with Scandi-oak furnishings, chunky wooden tables, blue-grey walls, modern artwork and a whole host of greenery. Staff are warm and welcoming and the light and airy space, filled with chatter and quiet jazz music, feels like a good place to be after a fast-paced day.
The menu includes a mix of sharing plates and larger mains, but in the interest of sampling a variety of dishes, we opted for a selection of smaller plates. To start, the burrata was well-seasoned and served with a side of courgette and courgette flowers, which made for a refreshing change from the usual basil and tomato, while the focaccia was light and topped with just the right amount of sea salt crunch. The hero of the starters though, had to be the smoked yellowfin tuna served with celery and caperberries - sliced paper thin, it’s a light and simple dish that you will be fighting your dinner companion for.
To follow we sampled one of the restaurant’s ‘pizzettes’, a mini pizza with an ultra thin base, which was pleasant and as expected but not a standout dish. The ricotta ravioli with tomato and toasted pine nuts offered a perfect balance of textures, with the smooth cheese juxtaposed with the crumbling crunch of the pine nuts.
The dessert menu is short and sweet and features reworked versions of Italian classics. We chose the pistachio tiramisu which was coated in a dark cocoa powder and lashings of cream, a great finish so long as you don't indulge in too many small plates. When it comes to the drinks, the must-try is the restaurant's smoked Negroni, or sample the signature orange wine for something sweet and a little different.