Smart and friendly family-run deli café adding a modern twist to traditional homemade Italian favourites.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
There’s a touch of Manhattan drama about this smart Italian deli café (formerly known as the Circle). Picture windows frame a long, narrow dining room with bare brick and stone walls rising to an elaborately corniced high ceiling. The food lives up to the setting, mixing traditional homemade Italian favourites with a touch of culinary theatre. A starter of crostini comes topped with earthy truffled mushrooms and a floral avocado pesto, while a main of ribbons of pasta with a pile of meatballs in a tangy tomato sauce delivers a punch of Sicilian flavours. The portions are generous and the hospitality is as warm and authentically Italian as the food. There are also burgers, ciabatta and salads, a tempting selection of homemade cakes which change daily and a full breakfast menu along with plenty of children’s options. Choose from the wine list or bring your own – on weekends the kitchen stays open till late.
- High point: Hot pasta smothered in silky avocado pesto
- Low point: Last orders come early during the week
- Notable dish: Meatballs in a Sicilian tomato sauce
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Italian pop
- Capacity: 35 (+ 6 outside)
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £16.50 per bottle
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