Harden's survey result
“Having been the biggest fan since the first day Assaggi opened, I’m now struggling with the prices!” – a constant refrain in feedback on this offbeat, first-floor Bayswater pub dining room, which for many years was a contender as London’s top Italian. No-one’s suggesting the cooking’s gone down the tubes – in fact some regulars believe that “standards are as good as they were fifteen years ago” – but “the room and ambience need updating”, and even many reporting an “excellent” meal nevertheless leave feeling “fleeced”.
On the plus-side, this quirky first-floor of a Bayswater pub – “an old favourite” that was re-launched by one of its original owners a couple of years ago – still mostly ‘walks the walk’, with the “exceptional” cooking and “wonderful personal service” that established it in times gone by as “one of the best Italians in London”. Even some fans, though, are losing patience with the “outrageous” pricing nowadays: “very good, but doesn’t justify the see-how-much-we-can-get-away-with approach”.
“Thank goodness it’s back!” – This resurrected, first-floor pub dining room in Bayswater (long renowned as London’s top Italian) reopened a couple of years ago under one of its original owners to the ecstatic delight of its long-term fanclub and has “now expanded downstairs” (see Assaggi Bar). As ever, “Nino and his team are superb” in terms of charm, and although the consensus is that the “rather expensive” rustic fare is perhaps “not the best in town” any more, it remains “eternally high achieving”. As ever the acoustics of this simple room can be “challenging”.
“We were thrilled when it re-opened last November!” This “perfect, rustic Italian” in a simple upstairs dining room above a converted Bayswater pub has recently been resurrected, and most reporters are “so glad it’s back” as it’s just “as good as ever!” – “Pietro is gone, but it’s still the same old Assaggi”: “warm and welcoming” staff and “authentic south Italian food” (“wonderful, simple but fresh ingredients, deliciously prepared”), “albeit at authentic London prices”.
|Wine per bottle||£30.00|
39 Chepstow Pl, London, W2 4TS
|Monday||12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Tuesday||12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||1 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm|