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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“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”.
“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”.
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Bancone Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Full of lively young people, we raised the average demographic! However pasta exceptional with subtle flavours"
"The best service, an amazing welcoming, the food was top quality, and price pocket friendly ! "
"Small portions and not cheap but worth it. "
"First visit since lockdowns started. A big treat to have good (Italian) food again. Their menu is limited at lunch time anyway. Mainly meat, no fish at all (unless you include lobster...) and some vegetarian. Fried Polenta sounds routine but it was light with lovely filling. Pasta is varied and sauces rich - portions large enough to leave space for dessert of which the marinated pineapple was amazing. Coffee strong as it should be for the price. Service (after we negotiated an incomprehensible front door officer) was really great. They seem to attract charming Italians who smile even through their masks and that really adds to the experience. Overall, very enjoyable as a break out. This is not cheap at £71 for 2 with only one glass of wine."
|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|