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.
Italian sausage and mozzarella pizza.
Crab ravioli with brown shrimps and tomatoes.
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