This review is taken from the 2014 edition.
Bang opposite the Playhouse, big, booming Guiliano’s captures the theatre crowds pre- and post-show, springing into life like a waterhole in the rains. That’s when it’s at its best: a packed house, a hen do or two, with tartan-waistcoated waiters working the room. A twist of black pepper, some parmesan perhaps, and the lights dim as a be-candled cake enters to strains of ‘happy birthday’. The sprawling menu should please the crowds, with standards from garlic bread and buffalo mozzarella through big-ticket pastas, 20-odd pizzas and risottos to seafood and meaty main courses. Best to avoid the disappointing pizzas; you’d be better going for in-season specials such as slow-braised venison or the more adventurous agnello chimichurry – lamb chops with spiced barbecue dressing. If you like food on the piccante side, several dishes feature the secret recipe house chilli. Supersize sundaes brought to neighbouring tables cause clamour from the kids: they want one too. But they can’t have the giant coppa Guiliano’s, a spectacular and startlingly alcoholic concoction that will set up your night on the town – who needs cocktails?
- High point: Great atmosphere on busy weekend nights
- Low point: Avoid pre-theatre rush hour if you’re not seeing a show
- Notable dish: Coppa Giuliano's
- Private dining: Up to 70 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Jazzy house
- Capacity: 150
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 1990
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle