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Ok after a poor meal the night before at Koza, my companion wanted Italian, and as I'd eaten here before albeit a good few years back I suggested a walk across the river from our hotel to this restaurant.
An old fashioned traditional Italian, albeit they'd had a refresh of the furniture since my last visit.
After getting away from the originally proferred tiny table for two against a wall for a much more like it larger table - why do restaurants insist on this when they're not that busy?? - we were settled.
Starters of whole grilled squid, garlic mushrooms and whitebait were very nice, particularly impressed by the squid, spot on.
Spaghetti Fruitti di Mare was cooked well chock full of seafood - squid, mussells, small prawns and a big one, with a decent rich sauce.
Spaghetti Carbonara wasn't bad either, though not the best my colleague has had, I though it lacked just a touch of depth.
Service was friendly enough, though we did get a little forgotten about, a more astute server could have probably sold us another bottle (or at least a couple more glasses of wine!).
The Orvietto we had was decent for what I was and at £18 odd you can't complain.
My colleague had some profiterrol dessert, which he liked, and I had a slice of cassata, which was one of the better ones I've had.
No coffees but a couple of large Grappas (£6 a pop - youngish but potable) rounded off a good to very good comfort meal experience, the kind of unpretentious place with very decent home cooking, that's unfortunately all too rare in London.
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Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8
Sunday, March 17, 2013