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.
Harden's survey result
“Superbly-flavourful” pasta dishes at “extremely good-value” prices – especially for the West End – make Louis Korovilas’s “handy” yearling “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”.
Bancone Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Serviceable food served with such undue haste as to question whether we were being rushed (we were not) or how much of the food was pre-prepared. Not to our tastes."
"Not very comfortable on stools and tiny table, but the food was outstanding. The menu is limited but all the better for it. Strongly recommend the signature Silk handkerchiefs with walnut butter, and then Basil semi-freddo with raspberry couli."
"First visit - a sort of junior Bocca di Lupa! Really delightful service from a bevy of identical ladies who could not do enough! Yes the layout is poor, long and narrow and many places have high stools. It is also noisy as there are only hard surfaces. But you have a kitchen to look at from the counter. and the food is well executed and has some interesting original variations on the usual Italian scene. Pillows are the hot dish as is the veal. Deserts so so Decent value for the food and location"
"Great lunch option away from the hot-spots. Walk-ins possible. Not all dishes hit the mark but try the Burrata with angel hair nest, mint oil and fig followed by the incredibly indulgent buccatini with brown shrimp and seaweed butter and you will leave with a smile on your face."
"A very atmospheric restaurant serving well prepared tapas style dishes. Service was extremely friendly and knowledgeable regarding the food and recommendations. Will definitely be back though make sure you book well in advance!!"
"A much better meal than our last one here. However, even some members of staff were complaining that the music was too loud."
"Amazing pasta, but also really interesting and beautiful starters and the best dessert I've ever tried. Amazing prices for central location and super friendly staff. We also used the private dining space for our office Christmas meal which was very special."
|Wine per bottle||£21.50|
|Monday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-10:30 pm|