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Opening April 2022 (not late 2021 as mentioned in the guide entry), the new Knightsbridge branch of Cicchetti from the popular San Carlo family of restaurants will offer "opulent and elevated authentic Italian dining" all week long.

survey result

Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Don’t be fooled by its prominent location, just off Piccadilly Circus, that it’s just one for the tourists” – this “bustling, noisy and so-atmospheric” Venetian brasserie (which also has a similar sibling, more tucked away in Covent Garden) “looks like a tourist trap, but offers an authentic culinary experience” with its “delicious small plates” (cicchetti) – “a format that caters to all appetites”, all at “reasonable prices”. Staff are “enthusiastic and professional” and “feed off the buzz of the place”, which “feels smart, even if tables are very close together”.

Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Don’t be fooled by its prominent location, just off Piccadilly Circus, that it’s just one for the tourists” – this “bustling, noisy and so-atmospheric” Venetian brasserie (which also has a similar sibling, more tucked away in Covent Garden) “looks like a tourist trap, but offers an authentic culinary experience” with its “delicious small plates” (cicchetti) – “a format that caters to all appetites”, all at “reasonable prices”. Staff are “enthusiastic and professional” and “feed off the buzz of the place”, which “feels smart, even if tables are very close together”.

Summary

£59
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Glitzy interiors (and customers!)” are a hallmark of these “fun and buzzy” Venetian brasseries (part of an increasingly sizeable national chain, based in Manchester). Although the locations are “a little touristic” – particularly the large branch near Piccadilly Circus – the “feel is genuinely North Italian”, the food is “good for the price” , service is “warm” and “the overall experience is very good”.

Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You feel like you’re in a smart Venetian brasserie” at these “classy and sassy” – if “hectic and noisy” – Italians (part of a national chain) which successfully create “a brilliant vibe in tourist hellhole locations”, particularly the “buzzy, buzzy, buzzy” branch a few feet from Piccadilly Circus. Service is “on the ball” and you get “proper” cooking from “an interesting selection of Italianate tapas-style dishes”.

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