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London’s appetite for fresh pasta specialists remains undimmed (Pastaio, Padella, Pastifico all spring to mind). The latest addition is this Covent Garden-fringe venture from William Ellner (of Joanna’s in Crystal Palace) and David Ramsey with ex-Locanda Locatelli chef Louis Korovilas in the kitchen whipping up the likes of pappardelle with kid goat and rosemary ragù. There’s also an aperiviti and cicchetti bar.

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

“Elevating accessible pasta to another level” and “at fair prices” has won a huge fan club for these pasta pit-stops, which – in July 2023 – added a Borough Yards location to their outlets in Soho and off Trafalgar Square. It’s the “narrow” WC2 branch that’s best known, and, despite the weight of custom, “helpful staff do their best” and it delivers “lots of atmosphere”. The food rating dipped this year, though, due to a few refuseniks who say “it used to be good, but is becoming a victim of its own success”.

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

“A perfect pre-theatre choice that’s quick and classy” – these West End pasta-stops off Trafalgar Square and in Soho provide “excellent pasta, reasonable prices and a speedy turnaround”. “Buzzy rather than comfortable (many tables only have stools), really keen nearly all Italian staff provide the (fairly) limited menu”“fab fresh pasta” with “modern Italian flavours” that’s “not complicated, but done with precision”, all “at an amazing price”.

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£52
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“For a quick Italian meal in the West End”, you will struggle to better this award-winning duo of “beautiful” pasta-bars, off Trafalgar Square and in Soho’s Golden Square, where the “gorgeous fresh pasta” is notably “excellent value”. To be fair, the odd reporter does feel the cooking is “serviceable rather than spectacular”, but the vast majority say the dishes are “to die for”. “Friendly staff get high marks” too, as does the “fantastic buzz”.

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£47
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Superbly-flavourful” pasta dishes at “extremely good-value” prices – especially for the West End – make Louis Korovilas’s “handy” two-year-old “one of the better options in the tourist centre” of town, just off Trafalgar Square. Some reporters feel it’s “let down by the long, narrow shape of the restaurant”, but more commonly it’s judged an “elegant, buzzing, if packed space”.

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Bancone Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Bancone Restaurant in WC2N, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Bancone restaurant.
David B
The pasta is still of a high standard, and ...
Reviewed 1 months, 10 days ago

"The pasta is still of a high standard, and the service quite attentive, but the Coven Garden branch is crowded and rather unconfortable, and the whole experience feels a bit rushed"

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S R
Very nice pasta...
Reviewed 4 months, 7 days ago

"Very nice pasta"

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Anna P
This is the second time visiting this resta...
Reviewed 4 months, 15 days ago

"This is the second time visiting this restaurant. We came again because the food is truly outstanding. But what lets the restaurant down is the abysmal service. We had to ask for tap water 5 times before receiving it and two of our drinks arrived, but the other one we had to ask for 3 times. The waiting staff looked like their minds were elsewhere - totally gormless and unprofessional. They wouldn't leave the water bottle on the table or provide a container to take food home, citing some spurious restaurant protocol. We won't bother again because the service totally ruined the experience."

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Phuong P
Expertly freshly made, creative take on pas...
Reviewed 6 months, 18 days ago

"Expertly freshly made, creative take on pasta, in a bustling space, with friendly service."

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P W
Perhaps just a shade too popular for its ow...
Reviewed 9 months, 23 days ago

"Perhaps just a shade too popular for its own good, but the food is always good, and it's another place where a ringside seat adds to the entertainment. "

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Roz C
An excellent pasta restaurant where the sil...
Reviewed 10 months, 3 days ago

"An excellent pasta restaurant where the silk handkerchiefs dish really shines. Very good value. "

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Robert Wade W
I'd put this place 2nd behind padella. Cert...
Reviewed 10 months, 16 days ago

"I'd put this place 2nd behind padella. Certainly streets ahead of Pastaio. Good food and good environment. Staff do their best but despite there being seemingly hordes of them, service can be a little patchy. "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 25.00 Lunch only 11
Menu2 35.00 Dinner only 11

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.00 £11.50 £4.00 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £21.50
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10:30 pm

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