O Sole Mio
A friendly Italian with a cafe-by-day, restaurant-by-night feel.
The clever design and ethos of O Sole Mio makes it a great anytime-of-day hangout. In the morning, or for an afternoon pick-me-up, its small tables and booths make a great stop for coffees with croissants or panettone while catching up on emails or pausing between shop visits, then at lunch and dinner, the wood-fired pizza oven and cocktail bar provide a more substantial focus. The pizza oven, installed in a ground-breaking move as the city’s first in 1965, is still going strong but the kitchen’s strengths lie now elsewhere. Risottos are great, perfectly cooked and delicately flavoured – an arancini starter comes with a fantastic homemade chilli jam. Pastas are all made to order and can be gluten-free. The enthusiasm of host and proprietor Djamel Benouari is quite infectious. There is a pre-theatre menu (it is minutes from the Royal Concert Hall) but to rush would be a mistake … try to build in time for an espresso martini at least.
- Private dining: Up to 12 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Current Italian hits
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 1965
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle