Following the success of San Carlo Cicchetti in Manchester the third London restaurant has opened in Wellington Street, Covent Garden in London. In partnership with Chef Aldo Zilli they are offering a truly luxurious selection of plates of food, designed to please the palate of any Italian cuisine lover.
Cicchetti (pronounced chi-KET-tee) are small dishes typically served in cicchetti bars in Venice, designed to be shared with friends.
I was invited by Aldo Zilli to review the Wellington Street restaurant and took my friend Aggie with me as my +1.
We were welcomed and promised to be looked after by Head of Front of House, Norlys, the only non-Italian member of staff. He is from Cuba and really entertained us and looked after us. Did we want to order from the menu or would we like them to just bring us a selection. As long as there was no goat’s cheese I was happy to have their suggestions.
Initially we were served a bowl of olives, tapenade and a selection of breads to nibble as well as a Bellini cocktail (Prosecco and peach puree).
This was followed by mini deep fried mozzarella balls, lots of small sun blushed tomatoes, parma ham and buffata soft and creamy mozzarella and a baby tomato bruschetta.
A crisp white wine kept flowing whilst we had a selection of lovely little plates of really tasty food such as:-Pumpkin risotto topped with a fine parmesan crisp and presented with slivers of white truffle.
Halibut pan fried and served on a bed of samphire and sun blushed tomatoes.
King Tiger Prawn sautéed in garlic and chilli.
Crispy, thin slices of deep fried courgette.
Then a lobster tail on a bed of taglietellini. The flavours of this were so intense, although a bit too salty for me, and I do like salty.
We were by this time feeling really full when a wooden platter of mini desserts were placed on our table. Mini versions of panna cotta, mille fuille, chocolate ganache and a hazelnut cream mousse.
A coffee and a Mirto Liqueur (a traditional myrtle liqueur from Sardinia – licore de murta), strong, dark purple colour with a fruity, herby taste. The first sip was a killer but subsequent sips started to grow on you!!
Aggie and I left with the promise that we would be back one day soon. It was a really lovely meal although the room was a tad too dark for my photos to do the food justice. This seems to be the norm in restaurants these days.
I was invited to review Cicchetti and was not paid to do so. As usual all opinions and photographs are my own.