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Summary

£62
  £££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “proper, family-run Italian trattoria” in Kensington pre-dates the new Design Museum on the other side of the road by decades, and exudes “cosy”, “olde world charm”. That it’s “family-owned and family-friendly” is key to its longevity, and has made it a “go-to restaurant” for its many long-term regulars. But “after decades, the business has passed down a generation, and young and old alike agree it’s brought an improvement, with an approach that’s more energetic”. Its strengths are “a charming atmosphere”, “authentic Emilia-Romana cuisine, instead of the usual floods of red sauce” and the “unfailing and unflappable care of owner James Chiavarini and his well-trained staff”.

Summary

£60
  £££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of the last, good, old-fashioned Italians, churning out those dishes we love” – this “always reliable, family run Italian” has “a formula that’s worked for decades, so why change?”. There’s a “wonderful manager, James” (the original owner’s son), and “you’re always welcomed like a long-lost friend”. But “it’s not an institution living on past glories”: “the food is without pretence” but “with some newer dishes to maintain interest”.

Summary

£60
  £££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Very few restaurants can claim the staying power” of this “busy and noisy” family-run trattoria in Kensington. Its “honest”, “traditional” Italian dishes come in “huge portions”, “but it’s the wonderful and caring service that is really outstanding”.

Summary

£55
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3
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5
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Don’t be put off by the bland exterior in an unremarkable parade of shops”, say fans of this “family-owned stalwart in Kensington”, which has been operated by the same family for 50 years. The dated ambience is “very warm” and they serve “wonderful northern Italian (Emilia-Romagna) cuisine, lovingly prepared”.

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Restaurant details

Portions
Yes
60

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£11.50 £22.00 £3.50 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.50
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
277 Kensington High St, London, W8 6NA
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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