Breaking news

August 2021.  The owners have found a new site to trade from, taking over the premises that were briefly Ceru Soho (RIP, although the South Ken original is still going strong).

April 2021. Tragedy strikes with the news that this wonderful period piece is a victim of Covid-19. Apparently a deal with the landlord wa not possible and it's given up the ghost. A great favourite of many famous Londoners – including restaurant critic Fay Maschler and Python Michael Palin – it was something of an in-crowd hit for the labour party.  It was where Gordon and Sarah Brown were snapped for baby pics in 2005, and we believe where they had their engagement party.
11 D'Arblay Street, London, W1F 8DT

survey result


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

“Still a special place even though it’s moved site” – this veteran Soho Italian was evicted from its previous Poland Street home over Covid, and found these new digs last year. It still “exudes old world charm” and has retained many of the former “delightful” staff, who are really at the heart of this “unpretentious” experience as much as the “reliable Umbrian/Italian cooking”.


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

“Welcome back!” Every cloud has a silver lining and “having been unceremoniously evicted from its longtime Poland Street location during Covid”, this “delightful” Soho veteran has “found a new, better site just round the corner” (it’s actually the second time the restaurant, founded in 1971, has had to move). “Traditional, Tuscan food as it is meant to taste, with a wine list to match” are served by the “superb” staff in a “most convivial” setting. “They are good at remembering their customers” and “it’s a great place to have a conversation, as they play no music”.


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

This endearing Soho veteran escaped closure during the pandemic by vacating its home of decades standing to find these new premises just around the corner. Much of its former appeal lay in its pleasing, old-fashioned approach – here’s hoping they keep the best of its traditional virtues on re-opening in mid October 2021. (Founded in 1971, this latest relocation is actually the second in the history of the restaurant, which then shifted to Poland Street from above the Academy cinema in Oxford Street in 1989).


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

“Pleasingly old-fashioned in style and cooking”, this long-serving traditional Soho Italian keeps its many regulars happy with “a simple Umbrian menu, done well”, including “excellent home-made pasta”. There’s a “comfortable and friendly ambience, and the occasional luvvie dining before his/her show”. Top Tip – “the chef will do zabaglione at the end if the kitchen isn’t too busy – a treat!”.

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Owner's description

Vasco and Piero opened the restaurant in 1971 above the much revered, and now sadly lost, Academy cinema in Oxford Street. The Pavilion, a former Hungarian tea room, was owned by the cinema’s founder, and director of the acclaimed ‘Murder in the Cathedral’, George Hoellering.

The Pavilion’s very particular and unusually intricate interior design was the creation of Angus McBean, the celebrated photographer.
Some of our chairs were created by Angus Macbean in 1954 & we still have the pineapples.

In 1989, The Pavilion moved to the current premises at 15 Poland Street

Some of our chairs were created by Angus Macbean in 1954 & we still have the pineapples.
Other chairs have been made in Umbria.
Even the bar was created in Umbria.
The paintings are by an artist in Umbria and are for sale.

We try to blend tradition with modern Umbria

Vasco and Piero created the restaurant out of a passion for good, uncomplicated food. The making of fresh pasta on the premises has always been a priority. From the outset, the menu changed twice a day, a tradition which still continues.

Vasco was born in Umbria and as a result of this many foods are sourced direct from farmers in this region. Particular favourites are truffles, wild mushrooms, seasoned cheeses and cured meats such as lombetto and capocollo.

The Soho location means that The Pavilion attracts a variety of clients and in particular those working in the media, film and fashion businesses.

Our main restaurant can host up to 65 people and the elegant, private room downstairs, which seats 34, can be used for business and private functions.

If you are interested in finding out more about the history of the restaurant or about forthcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact Vasco or Paul on 020 7437 8774

Our food is based on Umbrian cuisine from central Italy,using just two or three ingredients for each dish. Our philosophy is to keep the dishes simple & fresh.

We only use the best quality extra virgin olive oil mainly from Umbria, Central Italy.
Many of our hams & salames such as Lombetto (a cured loin of pork) are imported from local Umbrian farms.
When in season, we import black & white truffles from hunters around the hills of Umbria.
Our balsamic vinegar is from Modena. We use Maldon sea salt with pure flaky crystals.

All our flour based pasta such as tortelloni and tagliatelle are hand made on the premises.
Our polenta is stirred constantly for 40 minutes.
Our gnocchi are made in house with floury potatoes.

Our sauces are prepared on a daily basis using the freshest of ingredients.

We use only the freshest meat and fish from Great Britain, France, Italy & other parts of Europe. We do not freeze any meat or fish.
Some herbs are imported directly from Umbria such as wild fennel seeds, used with our grilled breast of duck.


Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£13.50 £27.00 £5.80 £0.00
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Bread £3.50
Service 13.50%

Current menus

Restaurant details

No dress code

Private dining

Located in the heart of Soho, our light and comfortable private function room is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious food with friends and family in warm and welcoming surroundings or for team and new business meetings, interviews and lends itself well to less formal events like private dining for you and your most valued people and clients.

Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion Restaurant in W1F, London by users of Also see the editors review of Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion restaurant.
Valgarður G
Tops my list of many great Italian restaura...
Reviewed 29 days ago

"Tops my list of many great Italian restaurants in London, great innovative food, nice atmosphere, friendly and helpful service with useful advice on food and wine."

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David W
New venue, old style, as good as ever....
Reviewed 6 months, 19 days ago

"New venue, old style, as good as ever."

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Peter M
When booking long in advance I mentioned it...
Reviewed 7 months, 28 days ago

"When booking long in advance I mentioned it was for a birthday. The tables offered were in a poor position where there were tables of young children. We were isolated from the more atmospheric part. On another table near ours was a mother breast feeding a child of 3 or 4 years old.. The food was excellent but the experience was very lacking and there was no reference to the birthday or to allergies mentioned on the phone in addition to the online booking. I will not return."

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Very authentic Italian Restaurant. Great Pa...
Reviewed 9 months, 18 days ago

"Very authentic Italian Restaurant. Great Pasta."

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11 D'Arblay Street, London, W1F 8DT
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Saturday5 pm‑11 pm

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