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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”.
“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”.
“Newly rooted near the Almeida Theatre”, this rustically-themed, south Italian newcomer – D&D London’s replacement for The Almeida (RIP) – has made a tepid debut, despite the much-hyped involvement of Francesco Mazzei, and although its “competent cooking” isn’t terribly rated, Islingtonians in particular preferred its fairly middling predecessor: “I really wanted to like this place and I love the chef, but this looks like a chain using a famous name without being prepared to source quality ingredients or cook them with real love”. End result – “too expensive for a casual local, but not good enough for a special occasion”.
|Wine per bottle||£24.00|
30 Almeida St, London, N1 1AD
|Monday||5 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Saturday||11 am‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Sunday||11 am‑9 pm|