Last week we hit up the recently opened Assaggetti, a nice Italian restaurant just off Haymarket- literally about 2 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station. The restaurant features an amazing menu packed with traditional Italian anti-pasti style plates. Read our review after the break.
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Décor & Location
Assaggetti is quite a small restaurant; décor is quite traditional and the atmosphere is very hang loose which I think makes it a pleasant place to dine in when you fancy having a nice chilled meal after work with friends, date etc.. The location is great, very easy to get to- Piccadilly station is 2 minutes and popular bus routes 453 & 12 serve the bust stop directly opposite.
London SW1Y 4RW
Tel: 020 7839 3939
To kick things off, they brought out a breadbasket, an assortment of bread, which included Rosemary Focaccia & Bruschetta. These were nyamed within minutes and then the marinated olives arrived, I was never a big fan of olives but these served me very well. To drink, we tried the Prosecco which I can also confirm was great, a fine cross between champagne and white wine.
We moved unto the anti-pasti menu and started out with the Mozzarella, Beef Carpaccio and Stuffed Artichokes and Peppers. I didn’t like the Mozzarella simply because it was way too creamy, I don’t really like food as such however the presentation was very appetising. The Beef Carpaccio on the other hand I liked, seasoned slices of beef topped with stripes of Parmesan cheese. I loved the Stuffed Artichokes, they were quite juicy and the peppers were full of flavour.
Next we ordered Marinated Anchovies and the Wild Mushroom Risotto. The anchovies were amazing, I don’t usually like them because they can be too salty and don’t go well with other dishes but these had a lot of flavour. I also liked the Risotto because it wasn’t too creamy and it wasn’t dry either, very few places make this dish to MY taste I have come to realise and these guys are one of them! Some mushroom risotto dishes look like a mushroom swamped in porridge however the presentation for this one was great.
Finally we ordered the Meatballs and Sausage & Cheese Rolls. We loved both these plates however the Meatballs were my highlight. Very well seasoned, they come in a ragu sauce and smell amazing; the price is also pretty good as for £2.50 you get three quite reasonable sized meatballs. The Sausage & Cheese Rolls also quite nice, if you’ve ever had the mini meat pies they feel and taste pretty similar.
We drank Prosecco for most of the time until our waiter encouraged us to try the Spitz with Asperol drink. A refreshingly light alcoholic drink perfect for the summer.
At this point eating more food didn’t seem possible but there is always room for dessert! The misus ordered the Tiramisu while I ordered the Cheesecake with Fresh Berries. I was quite impressed with the cheesecake, tasted very soft and fresh- it wasn’t too sweet wither which is how I like. I think some people would prefer to eat it with ice cream just because it can be a little dry with just the berries. I don’t like Tiramisu so I’m biased in saying I hated it however the misus thought it was amazing.
In a nutshell I would definitely recommend this restaurant, the quality of food and the service is top notch. It’s in a great location and the prices are very affordable and well worth the exchange! If you’re ever around Piccadilly and fancy some Italian I would say check out Assaggetti.