A must-visit if you amore Italian food, Cecconi’s latest pizza bar, nestled within the bustling streets of Soho, provides all the essentials for an unrivalled Italian feast; wood fired pizzas, citrusy Aperol spritz and lovely larger-than-life Italian waiters.
Make sure you book ahead, because this pizza-pasta-full eatery gets extremely busy, no doubt because of its easy-going atmosphere and late-night DJs which play from Thursdays through till Saturdays. In-keeping with the relaxed, after-dark dining vibes, the restaurant is atmospherically low lit, with retro artwork adorning the walls and the doughy scent of freshly fired pizza subtly filling the air.
After munching on one too many marinated olives and salty almonds, we tucked into a hearty dose of crispy calamari fritti and indulgent truffle arancini, before moving onto our unforgettably flavoursome mains. After battling with myself over whether to try the pizza or pasta, I settled for the pumpkin ravioli – it was Halloween after all – submerged in creamy sage butter and sprinkled with parmigiana, just the right amount and portion size to avoid feeling sickly full. I washed it all down with a signature Hugo spritz, comprising of elderflower, soda, mint and, in true Italian style, prosecco. Delizioso.
To my surprise, the price tag wasn’t too hefty either, costing £6 to £15 a pizza and £9 for my delicious plate of ravioli, which I would gladly have forked out for. It is also worth noting that the restaurant offers a fabulous 3 – 6pm menu, serving up a selection of their signature pasta dishes – pappardelle Bolognese, pomodoro gnocchi and more – and an array of cocktails, spritz and beer jugs for just £5.
TRY: A flavourful wood oven pizza, of which the restaurant is famed for, with a classic Italian helping of Tiramisu for afters. Buon appetito! Review by Daniella Saunders