Pianola & Co
Sister venue to nearby café Kothel, offering casual Italian dining with a continental brasserie vibe.
What was once a motor parts shop has undergone a startling transformation into a very fetching Italian bistro, courtesy of the folks who own nearby café Kothel. Monochrome checked floor, wood panelling, brass and glass twinkling around the bar, upholstered seats like chesterfields at the huge windows – it’s a handsome number, oozing plenty of continental panache. The Italian food on offer is a fairly unfussy, traditional take – pasta, pizza, risotto – which plays nicely through the day, from casual lunch bites with coffee, pizza over beers or a blow-out dinner warranting a bit of a dress-up. The bar’s not big on the vino by the glass, with only a half dozen, but does concoct classic Italian cocktails such as the Bellini and Aperol Spritz. Zucchini parcels wrapping taleggio look pretty on a slate plate, while a tagliata with a decent-enough cut of ribeye beef is boosted with rocket and parmesan. While the food and menus play it safe and don’t hit the heights of the ambience, a nice take on the benchmark tiramisù and enjoyable coffee ensure a good finish.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Wheelchair access
- Capacity: 40
- Open since: 2017
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle