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Locanda Locatelli: Locanda Locatelli, Italian restaurant of the year
Our second wedding anniversary was on a Monday, so we decided to celebrate the day before, going out for a fabulous Sunday lunch at Locanda Locatelli.
Located just on the edge of the fashionable area of Marylebone, Locatelli's has recently won several awards, including Italian restaurant of the year. We were pretty excited to be going there.
Initial impressions were good - a friendly greeting at the door plus from several staff on the way to our table. The interior design is very stylish, the lighting perfect and the seats comfortable. We were made to feel important from the moment we arrived and the service was excellent throughout our meal.
The restaurant is family friendly - there were several tables with extremely well behaved kids, and we saw the owner/chef dining there with his family. We were given a very romantic table with a perfect position to check out the fashionable clientele.
Favorite Dish: We went all out, having 3 courses each and wine. The sommelier was very helpful, and a necessity when we were presented with a thick wine list of Italian wines….we discussed what would suit our meal and were thrilled with his recommendation - it was delicious.
For starter I had a kind of Tortellini stuffed with Pheasant in a very nice sauce and Alex had home made Mushroom Gnocchi with black truffle - the Gnocchi just melted in your mouth. We wiped our plates clean with the tasty offerings in our complimentary fresh baked bread basket.
Next the main meals - I had the Char grilled baby chicken with roast potatoes & spinach and Alex had the Stewed neck of lamb with polenta, peppers & Chianti sauce.
And then the best bit - dessert! I had 3 scoops of very creamy gelato (coffee, amaretto & pistachio) and Alex had Chocolate and Banana Doughnut with coffee ice cream, which was particularly evil.
We ended the meal with coffee and complimentary petit four, which included really good amaretto biscuits and very groggy chocolate truffles.
I will be honest and say that the food wasn't 'the best we'd ever had', but it was pretty good. However, the excellent service and perfect atmosphere made the whole experience first class and we will definitely return one day.
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