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Summary

“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”.

£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.

Summary

On the ground floor of Kendal’s (and with its own entrance), this “light and bright and airy” city-centre branch of San Carlo’s more informal brand is “always packed”, thanks to its “terrific, rip-roaring Italian small plates for sharing”; good for breakfasts too.

£49
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Limited reports this year on this busy and breezy city-centre branch of the glossy Italian chain, and its Venetian cicchetti formula – such feedback as there was however rated it well across the board.

£51
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A reliable go-to Italian” – a “busy, bustling place” where the small plates “virtually always hit the mark”; that the food is “served quickly” is a pluspoint to some, but to others leads to “a feeling of being rushed through the meal”.

£49
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu, Portions
80

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£6.00 £9.00 £3.50 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.90
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday8 am-11 pm
Tuesday8 am-11 pm
Wednesday8 am-11 pm
Thursday8 am-11 pm
Friday8 am-11 pm
Saturday9 am-11 pm
Sunday9 am-10 pm

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