Italian Dining at Ristorante Cappuccetto

Last weekend, it was my birthday and we celebrated at Ristorante Cappuccetto, a lovely Italian restaurant in central London. It was a lovely sunny day and we were looking forward to our meal.

Ristorante Cappuccetto
Ristorante Cappuccetto

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by the friendly staff and offered a glass of bubbly. We were then served a basket with homemade bread with olive oil and balsamic.

Ristorante Cappuccetto
Ristorante Cappuccetto

Ristorante Cappuccetto offers two different menus at lunch time: Chef’s Specials of the Day with a selection of starters and main courses, and Cicchetti Menu with small Italian dishes, similar to Spanish tapas.

Scialatielli al pomodoro con gamberi
Scialatielli al pomodoro con gamberi

The staff was very accommodating with little man’s meal, making a dish especially for him. He was served “Scialatielli al pomodoro con gamberi”, Scialatielli pasta with tomato sauce and prawns, which he really enjoyed.

Little Man Enjoying his Pasta
Little Man Enjoying his Pasta

We decided to order a selection of dishes from the Cicchetti Menu so we could share between ourselves. From the Cold dishes, we ordered “Sfoglia di mozzarella ripiena” which is mozzarella stuffed with rocket and Parma ham – it was very tasty!

Sfoglia di mozzarella ripiena
Sfoglia di mozzarella ripiena

From the Pasta dishes, we picked “Scialatielli con pancetta croccante, castagne e porcini”, a lovely Scialatielli pasta with crispy pancetta, chestnuts and porcini mushrooms. The pasta was cooked to right texture and the pancetta and mushrooms complimented the dish well.

Scialatielli con pancetta croccante, castagne e porcini
Scialatielli con pancetta croccante, castagne e porcini

From the Fish dishes, we picked two different plates: “Filetto di Spigola con carpaccio di zucchini marinate”, Fillet of Sea Bass with marinated carpaccio courgettes. The sea bass was tender and full of flavour, it was my favourite dish!

Filetto di Spigola con carpaccio di zucchini marinate
Filetto di Spigola con carpaccio di zucchini marinate

We also chose “Rana pescatrice con salsa di pachino”, Monkfish in sweet baby plum tomato sauce with garlic, thyme, caper and black olives. The monkfish was delicious and it worked well with the contrast of the sweet tomato sauce and olives.

Rana pescatrice con salsa di pachino
Rana pescatrice con salsa di pachino

From the Meat section, we also picked two lovely dishes: “Polpette di coniglio con purea di carote”, rabbit meatballs with carrot puree and dried celery. The carrot puree was beautifully seasoned and it was one of the best purees we’ve ever tried. We nearly licked the plate as the dish was so tasty! It was hubby’s favourite dish.

Polpette di coniglio con purea di carote
Polpette di coniglio con purea di carote

The other meat dish was “Cotoletta di costata d’agnello al profumo di finocchietto selvatico”, lamb escallops with fennel pollen breadcrumb and grilled artichokes. Instead of grilled artichokes, it was served with courgettes and a yogurt and mint sauce. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the whole dished worked really well.

Cotoletta di costata d’agnello al profumo di finocchietto selvatico
Cotoletta di costata d’agnello al profumo di finocchietto selvatico

We also had a side salad, “Insalata di rucola, noci e fave”, rocket salad with walnuts, broad beans and aged ricotta with lime dressing. The salad was lovely and complimented the other dishes.

Insalata di rucola, noci e fave
Insalata di rucola, noci e fave

After our lovely meal, we were given the Chef’s Dessert of the Day menu with a selection of Italian desserts to die for, from simple dairy and fruit-based desserts to elegant, artisan pastries made with almond, mascarpone, vanilla and coffee.

Hubby picked “Caprese”, traditional chocolate and almond cake served warm with hazelnut ice cream. Hubby liked the contrast of the warm cake with the cold ice cream, the nutty ice cream with the chocolatey cake. The flavours worked nicely on the plate!

Caprese
Caprese

Little man picked Dessert Special, which was a sponge cake with mascarpone and strawberry, served with raspberry and cream. The sponge cake was light, and it was complimented by the creamy mascarpone and fruity strawberry.

Dessert Special: Sponge cake with Mascarpone
Dessert Special: Sponge cake with Mascarpone

I picked “Pistachio Panacotta” which had a layer of dark chocolate and pistachios on top. The panacotta was creamy and full of flavour. It was a lovely surprise that it arrived with a birthday candle!

Pistachio Panacotta
Pistachio Panacotta

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal in a relaxing atmosphere, we stayed at Ristorante Cappuccetto for a couple of hours and had a lovely Sunday afternoon. The staff was friendly and helpful, we were very impressed with the service and quality of the food.

Ristorante Cappuccetto is highly recommended for a lovely meal in the heart of London!

Ristorante Cappuccetto
Ristorante Cappuccetto

We visited Ristorante Cappuccetto for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

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