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survey result

Summary

£75
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2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This modern Italian from D&D London and chef Francesco Mazzei – on the Islington site that once housed Almeida (RIP) – wins OK feedback, but inspires nothing approaching the excitement that might be expected from such a team of backers. Local fans hail its “generous” Calabrian cuisine and “good quality pizza” – sceptics feel its “saving grace is the location opposite the Almeida Theatre…”

Summary

£68
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

It’s a “spacious, modern and stylish” venue – on the site of Islington’s Almeida (RIP) – but owners D&D London and respected chef Francesco Mazzei “really ought to up their game” here: it “beats a pizza chain”, but should deliver much more. As it is, being “convenient for the Almeida Theatre” is one of the best things that reporters have to say about it: “without this neighbour they probably wouldn’t survive”.

Summary

£68
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

It’s a “spacious, modern and stylish” venue – on the site of Islington’s Almeida (RIP) – but owners D&D London and respected chef Francesco Mazzei “really ought to up their game” here: it “beats a pizza chain”, but should deliver much more. As it is, being “convenient for the Almeida Theatre” is one of the best things that reporters have to say about it: “without this neighbour they probably wouldn’t survive”.

Summary

£62
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Very disappointing all round” is too often the verdict on this D&D London yearling (formerly the Almeida, RIP), where Francesco Mazzei is the figurehead for the Italian cuisine. Fans do praise it as “great for pre/post theatre” (the Almeida theatre is over the road) with “great pizza and zucchini fries” and other southern Italian fare, but numerous reporters “went expecting great things”, but found “limited and not particularly well-executed” cooking, served “in a barn-like place with zero atmosphere and lacklustre service”.

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Restaurant details

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
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Lunch £0.00 £0.00
Dinner £0.00 £0.00
  Cost Availability Courses
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Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£10.50 £18.50 £5.00 £7.75
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
30 Almeida St, London, N1 1AD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:45 pm

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