The successor to Polish restaurant Pani Solinska, this café-restaurant is named after the north-west Italian region famous for its white spumante wine and truffles. While it shares owners with Rapido next door, the new venue has its own easy-going style and a menu that's smart without being too upmarket. It's open from 8am for breakfasts including bruschetta with goats' cheese or eggs benedict, but you can also call in for an evening glass of wine with crostini, decent coffee, or a takeaway from the prominent deli counter. More formal dining is available too with antipasti plates, risottos, pasta with meatballs and lamb shank on the à la carte menu.
This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
Owned by the same people who run the neighbouring Rapido, Asti is a refined, relaxed eatery in comparison to its neighbour, specialising in decent Italian dishes rather than fast food. Painted a pleasing shade of mocha, this café-cum-restaurant takes its name from the Piedmontese province famed for its sparkling wine and white truffles, and offers something for everyone throughout the day. That could be bruschetta with goats' cheese or eggs benedict for breakfast, salads, paninis and pasta for lunch, coffee and cake or an evening glass of wine with crostini. To satisfy more sizeable appetites, a proper sit-down dinner is available too – generally in the larger back room – where you can tackle attractive plates of antipasti, primi and secondi at your leisure.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Mixed Italian songs
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle