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San Carlo Group opened Cicchetti at 215 Piccadilly, London in July 2012.

A chic all-day dining venue with a buzzing atmosphere, Cicchetti (pronounced Chi-KET-tee), serves freshly prepared regional small plates typically eaten in bars in Venice. It is a traditional relaxed style of Italian eating with tapas dishes bought to the table when ready - perfect to share with friends or enjoy alone, with a beer, glass of wine or cocktail.

The extensive menu includes meat, fish, pasta and pizza as well as speciality seafood and seasonal specials.

Much of the food is sourced from the best producers in Italy such as Bottarga from Sardinia, Burrata from Naples, Culatello from Parma and, of course, Autumn white truffle from Alba. This Italian produce is also the basis for the restaurant's stunning, artistic window displays of breads, seafood, fruits, vegetables and fine wines.

Each season Cicchetti launches an expertly crafted menu, with new creations featuring alongside the restaurant's long-standing classics and established favourites.

San Carlo Cicchetti boasts an enviable reputation for outstanding food and impeccable service and has achieved numerous awards and accolades. As with all San Carlo Group venues, the Piccadilly restaurant attracts a wide mix of customers from tourists and families to business people and well-known celebrities.
All restaurants in the San Carlo Group offer a true Italian experience and epitomise all that is best in genuine Italian hospitality.

San Carlo Cicchetti Piccadilly has a sister venue, Cicchetti Covent Garden at 30 Wellington Street.

Restaurant details

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San Carlo Cicchetti Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of San Carlo Cicchetti Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of San Carlo Cicchetti restaurant.
James C
Noisy lively venue. Hard-working staff but ...
Reviewed 5 months, 18 days ago

"Noisy lively venue. Hard-working staff but little rapport with customers. Food was like Venetian tapas: we chose 5 dishes to share between the two of us. There was the right amount. Cheapest wine was £29 a bottle!"

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D A
very average overall and old in style...
Reviewed 5 months, 26 days ago

"very average overall and old in style"

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Ian L
Was expecting tourist trap given prime loca...
Reviewed 8 months, 6 days ago

"Was expecting tourist trap given prime location, but this an authentic Italian gastronomic experience. This place has a buzz which the staff feed off."

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Lawrence P
We were here as guests of friends. The foo...
Reviewed 11 months, 12 days ago

"We were here as guests of friends. The food is excellent, and the service is attentive, but the noise and confusion are too much for an enjoyable dinner."

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Summary

“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”.

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

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“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”.

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

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“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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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“If the Tardis had been done up with a wealth of gold and mirrors” it would be akin to the “deceptively small-looking” Covent Garden branch of this northern-owned Venetian tapas chain, which is a “quieter and calmer” choice than its “really buzzy” sibling, “conveniently located a few steps from Piccadilly Circus tube”. Critics accuse them of “slightly aggressive pricing”, but most reports praise the “extensive, something-for-everyone menu” of “fairly authentic” small plates.

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

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