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San Carlo Group opened Cicchetti at 30 Wellington Street, Covent Garden London in 2014.

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 Covent Garden 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 Covent Garden has a sister venue Cicchetti at 215 Piccadilly, London.

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survey result

Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£59
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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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The 2020 Harden's Guide

2020 Hardens London Restaurant Guide

"User friendly in price, size and outlook"

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