La Vita Spuntini
Opened in late 2018, this fifth member of the local La Vita family specialises in Italian small plates.
Adjacent to Central Station, this recently opened branch of the local group, is a great place to meet friends if coming from different parts of town. Not just for the location, either – the décor is spot on, elegantly rustic with the warmth of cherry blossom permeating the room – it’s fit for a celebration. The speciality here is small plates. There are light dishes in the likes of grilled asparagus, the luxurious in deliciously creamy burrata hand-tied Mozzarella, and traditional favourites in arancini formaggio, melanzane e zucchine parmigiana, cacciucco seafood stew. The sharing spirit is alive and well, too, with the pizza – in a 12in size and as 5in pizzette – and the generous pasta bowls that sit in the middle of your table, such as the spaghetti gamberetti – a generous helping of prawns with a sizeable chilli kick. There are some tremendous dolci, take the marvellous Mario’s Fluffy Fix – a concoction of marshmallows, strawberries and nutella, which reads like the genius invention of a child with an insatiable sweet tooth, and is obviously a knockout, the archetypal 'two spoons, please' dessert, which is apt. Bespoke gin cocktails beckon, as does a glass – or bottle – from the lengthy wine list.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Italian Europop
- Capacity: 130
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2018
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 25
- House wine: £19.75 per bottle