A welcoming city centre Italian restaurant ideal for a pre-theatre, with Turkish dishes available in the mix.
Don’t judge this place by its slightly clunky website or mismatched menu fonts. Where it matters – in the kitchen – things are a slick and well organised. Its cosy interior is hung with glass mosaic lamps – a clue that it is run as a split Turkish/Italian restaurant with two menus. It would be fair to say there are no huge surprises on the Italian side: a caprese salad of tomato, mozzarella and basil, Parma ham with melon and bruschetta among the starters; pizzas, risotto and pastas in the mains; and ice-cream and panacotta to finish. Each dish, however, is well put together and beautifully presented and it is easy to see why Alla Italia has become such a popular pre-theatre spot (it is moments from both the King’s and ABC). It might seem that Turkish and Italian are unlikely bedfellows, but the common theme is hospitality. Desserts come with a complimentary liqueur, staff are polite and attentive, and the overall impression is that diners are guests, not customers. It is a welcome oasis in a busy area of the city.
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Turkish music
- Live entertainment: Fri/Sat 5.30pm–10.30pm, live music
- Capacity: 100
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle