Rebirth of a Soho institution

Stalwart Soho Italian Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion reopened in new premises in D’Arblay Street this week, six months after being forced to close in Poland Steet due to rent issues.

Founded in 1971, Vasco’s is known for its consistency, its freshly made pasta, and its focus on the regional cuisine of Umbria. Its legion of fans include the well-travelled Michael Palin and restaurant critic Marina O’Loughlin.

This latest relocation is actually the second in the history of the restaurant. It first opened above the the Academy cinema in Oxford Street, from which it then shifted to Poland Street in 1989.

Much of its former appeal lay in its pleasing, old-fashioned approach – here’s hoping they keep the best of these traditional virtues.

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