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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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Summary

£52
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* 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”.

Summary

£47
   ££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* 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” 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

Reviews of Bancone Restaurant in WC2N, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Bancone restaurant.
Geoffrey P
Buttered cabbage was exceptionally good! Th...
Reviewed 5 months, 27 days ago

"Buttered cabbage was exceptionally good! The rest - hmm"

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Steven B
Buzzy rather than comfortable. Many tables ...
Reviewed 7 months, 10 days ago

"Buzzy rather than comfortable. Many tables only have stools. Really keen staff are nearly all Italian and know the (fairly) limited menu. Nice cocktails to start too. We ended up with two pasta dishes mainly to avoid meat and that was a bit heavy. Tasty. Crab Gazpacho a highlight. "

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Victoria J
Very helpful desk lady. Pasta a little di...
Reviewed 7 months, 13 days ago

"Very helpful desk lady. Pasta a little disappointing but starter( crab and watermelon gazpacho), and semifreddo pudding excellent £58"

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Susan P
Full of lively young people, we raised the ...
Reviewed 9 months, 24 days ago

"Full of lively young people, we raised the average demographic! However pasta exceptional with subtle flavours"

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Mimi M
The best service, an amazing welcoming, the...
Reviewed 11 months, 18 days ago

"The best service, an amazing welcoming, the food was top quality, and price pocket friendly ! "

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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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