One of the best things about traditional Italian restaurants is the sheer number of courses that are served as standard. Obviously I’m not talking about the pizzerias – but take new Clerkenwell restaurant Palatino as an example: aperitivo, antipasti, primi, secondi (with contorni, if you like), dolci…
Obviously I sampled them all, ensconced in a moodily lit booth, with yellow leather seats, spritz cocktail in hand, attentive Italian
stallion waiter at hand.
It’s a lengthy menu, but if you want my advice: the deep fried courgette flowers are a must to start you off; the tonarelli cacio e pepe proves that simple is beautiful; the chicken, pancetta & pistachio meatballs, served on a pillow of polenta, are not to be missed; and for dessert, it’s all about the chocolate mousse with pistachios & honeycomb.
This is an impeccable date spot – the menu is interesting and shareable (Lady & The Tramp moment, anyone?), the service attentive yet invisible, and the upscale warehouse styling spot on. Five courses will set you back about £75 (make it £100 including cocktails).
Lead image by @mondomulia.
71 Central St, London EC1V 8AB