Food and drink
Perfect for a quick lunch, customers regularly prop up the bar wolfing down Assaggini (small plates). For a more relaxed affair try a hot spezzatino, a tortellini in brodo (pasta parcels filled with Parma ham in a light chicken broth), or risotto alle verdure (risotto prepared with roasted vegetables). It would take an army of Gladiators to hold me back from its polenta with melted Pecorino cheese served with pork rib and pure pork Italian sausage in a rich tomato sauce.
The chefs that prepare Tagliatelle al fungi in a carved out parmesan wheel are more like magicians pulling rabbits out of a hat. The Italian farmed rabbit, however, prepared with tomato, black taggiasche olives, garlic, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil and sundried tomatoes is a rare slice of magic. Check out the over used chalk-marked boards for any specials.
Perpetually busy with families, well-heeled students, businessmen and tourists, the famous Italian proverb – Chi tardi arriva male alloggia! (first come, first served), never rang truer.
Like all the best Italian tavernas, it comes with as much character as it does unhurried charm. La Dolce Vitta indeed.
On West Regent Street in the heart of the city centre, with close proximity to all shops, bars and attractions.
Its il grand tagliere – a vast selection of cured meats, cheeses, bruschetta marinated vegetables, pickles, olives and seafood – may cost £27 for two but it offers up an orgy of Julius Caesar-sized proportions. Other dishes are standard, varying between £7-£10 for pizzas and pastas.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- No fuss