All reader reviews by Al Piedmont

La Perla

La Perla looks like a tourist restaurant but after you go there a few times you realise that there are a lot of regulars. The clientele is mixed, and includes local business people, Soho gays, visitors to London, and families.

I have eaten there many times over the last few years and have a friend who probably eats there at least once or twice a week. That is probably recommendation enough.

The welcome is always warm in an effusive slightly tongue-in-cheek Italian style. The two (or three?) main personalites have been there for many years. They are assisted by friendly young staff, often from Eastern Europe, who look as though they enjoy working there.

The food is consistently excellent, in particular the Florentine veal t-bone, the veal escalope Milanese (good value), the osso bucco, the tournedos rossini, and the lightly battered zucchini.

Service is quick, but we have often lingered over coffee without any feeling that we should be moving on. The atmosphere is buzzy and informal.

The wine list could possibly be extended. The house red is adequate, and is perhaps the one thing that could be improved. However, it suits most of the items on the menu.

One of my top ten restaurants in London at any price.

Thursday, June 28, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

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