This Georgian house houses a good Italian restaurant, named after a phrase used by the poet Dante. You can pedestrian watch from the front tables or dine al fresco in the rear conservatory (which has an opening roof) in fair weather.
Starters such as 'Mussel and Saffron Soup'; 'Roasted Pigeon Breast with a Smoked Aubergine Purée and a Salad of Apples and Almonds'; 'Buffalo Mozzarella and a variety of Tomatoes with Pistachio Oil' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by a Secundi, such as 'Risotto with Wild Pollack Carpaccio and a Fig and Anchovy Pesto' or 'Veal Shank Ravioli in a Wild Mushroom Sauce' - these can also be taken as main courses.
Mains proper might include 'Char-Grilled Mackerel with Fried Parmesan-Cauliflower and Chervil Sauce'; 'Roasted Black Leg Chicken with a Turnip and Walnut Sauce' and 'Sautéed Veal Escalopes, flavoured with Caper and Raisin Paste, served with a Fennel Salad and Crispy Lard'.
If you have room, finish with the likes of 'Chocolte Trilogy'; 'Cinnamon and Quince Semifreddo with a Mandarin and Rum Sauce' or their excellent selection of Italian farmhouse cheeses.
- Food Style: Italian
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.45; mains £14 to £29; set L £23.50 (2 courses), £29 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-22.45; mains £14 to £29; set D £23.50 (2 courses), £29 (3 courses)
- Seats: 65
- Wine: an all Italian list, kicks off in the low £20's, and offers a good selection by the glass. Prices rise steeply after this.
- Wheelchair access: No, too many changes of levels
- Nearest station: Victoria (10 minutes)
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: all Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating