Murray Blake

London food and coffee writer

San Carlo Cicchetti

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215, Piccadilly, W1J 9HL
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
020 74949435
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Cicchetti is part of the San Carlo group which owns an upmarket chain of glossy Italian restaurants based mainly in the North of England – they have one outcrop in London, slap bang next to Piccadilly Circus.  The food is Italian-style tapas designed for sharing; the surroundings are plush and shiny.  The menu is full of Italian staples (salads, cured meats and pastas) and holds no surprises at all.  Dishes range from £4 to £7 but they are pretty small so you are recommended to order at least three each.  We started with a rich lasagne which used home made pasta and a fresh tomato ragu, this was followed by a light pizza made with flour which had been cut with a touch of semolina, adding a nice crunch.  Our final dish was crab ravioli – the pasta had been mixed with octopus ink and the crab meat was very light and fresh.  The dining room has a bustling atmosphere which is enhanced by the congenial and expeditious staff.

Verdict: whilst the food is not exciting, it is very well executed.

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Lasagne.

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Italian sausage and mozzarella pizza.

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Crab ravioli with brown shrimps and tomatoes.

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Also see: Lux Life.

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Author: murraycsblake

London food blogger.

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