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“So civilised” – this Chelsea stalwart was founded in 1967 by Daphne Rye, the theatrical agent who discovered Richard Burton; and a couple of decades later found fame as Princess Di’s favourite haunt. But beyond a local well-heeled crowd its social caché is more limited nowadays, and, despite being part of Richard Caring’s Caprice group, it generates only a middling amount of feedback. The Italian cooking is somewhere between dependable and unexciting… especially at the price: “we go for old time’s sake, but really the food is average”.
To a “smart Chelsea crowd” this delightful-looking stalwart is a “perennial favourite” (as it was for Princess Di when she was alive) with Italian cooking they say is “always good”. It’s pricey though, and the overall value equation for those without deep pockets is questionable. It inspires less and less feedback – perhaps Richard Caring’s Caprice group have forgotten they own it?
Once a favourite of Princess Di’s, this “romantic” Italian stalwart in Chelsea is “just about keeping up appearances” but doesn’t delight everyone. To its fans it’s “great fun” (“not too noisy but not too silent”) and with acceptable cuisine, but to detractors service is so so and “the food has been a disappointment of late”.
Thanks to its “lovely and romantic” interior, this “appealing” Chelsea old-timer has been a “special” favourite since time immemorial (it was once famously Princess Di’s top spot). Its Italian cuisine has slipped notably in recent times though: “preparation could be vastly improved”.
|Wine per bottle||£32.50|
112 Draycott Ave, London, SW3 3AE
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Monday to Saturday: 12 noon - 11.30pm Sunday: 12 noon - 10.30pm
Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10 pm