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Bertorelli (Floral St)

Bertorelli is, we're told, one of the oldest established Italian restaurant names in London - in fact I think I visited the now closed Queensway branch back in the 1970's. This week we had pre- theatre dinner at the Covent Garden restaurant and found it like a curate's egg, good in parts only.

A cheerful welcome from the manager who found a good table for us despite the fact that I hadn't booked and a reasonably nice ambience. Service was a bit slow - we had to remind the waitress that we had ordered drinks 10 minutes before when she came to ask us if we would like any - but nothing to get too annoyed about. Starters were OK if a bit on the small side but the main course, Vitello alla Milanese for both, beggared belief. The veal was reasonably good - although hard to understand why one was twice the size of the other - but the side dish of spagehetti was something else. If an older restaurant wants to invoke nostalgia for days gone by, probably best not to invoke the memory of tinned spaghetti in some kind of red sauce. I doubt the head waiter will take up my suggestion that I bring along some home made pasta and tomato sauce next time we visit - if we visit - but there's a lazy kitchen at work here who seems unaware of something as simple as cooking al dente pasta to say nothing of how basil works with tomato. It was an absolute disgrace.

Location and ambience go so far but a restaurant charging prices like this - £94 for two which hardly seemed value - really should concentrate a bit more on the quality of its food and ingredients and maybe find an Italian chef who actually knows how to make a simple spaghetti with tomato sauce.

All in all a terrible disappppointment.

Thursday, May 24, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 3 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 2

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