Last Updated on September 27, 2021
A stylish taste of Italy in the heart of the city
Just off Threadneedle Street, Piazza Italiana is nestled in amongst the City’s slickest architecture. The Cheese Grater, Gherkin, Walkie Talkie and Shard set the tone for this well-polished restaurant. Housed in the Grade II listed, former British Linen Bank and refurbished in a contemporary but unpretentious manner, the space is large but keeps an intimacy between tables. The Piazza Italiana name has travelled from, the certainly un-Mediterranean, Moscow, via Riga and it found its new home in London thanks to Victor Ravdive and his Resto-Rātors brand. Regardless, the restaurant excels at providing an elegant service complete with delicate and refined dishes.
We started with Cocktails, most meals should, a classic and well-made Aviator that succeeded in being suitably dry and a ‘Piazza Calling’, a luminous and fruity number with a ginger kick. Along with our drinks came some grissini and breads with a light herb butter that matched with a satisfying crunch.
The starters came shortly after. A buttery Veal Carpaccio that melted in your mouth almost as much as the Burrata in the Salad Caprese, contrasted with meaty tomatoes. The wafer-thin veal also benefited from a light dusting of truffle, completing a memorable dish.
Having remained somewhat healthy with our choices so far, Salad Caprese is still a salad after all, it was down to our mains to provide a bit of all-Italian richness. A lightly herbed Crab and Lobster Ravioli did the trick, sweet from the hefty chunks of lobster within perfectly tender pasta casings. Slow-cooked Beef with Polenta was similarly nourishing, possibly containing a little too much chewy gristle, but the creamy polenta and aromatic, subtly south-east Asian flavoured gravy did well at distracting from it. As well, to really indulge, came some piping hot, golden Truffle Chips and glossy Spinach. The meal was paired with a crisp and mineral Pratello white, with apple notes, equally good with the robust seafood or a large and tender piece of beef.
To calm ourselves down after such excitement, a zesty and light Lemon Meringue Pie with raspberry sorbet or a silky Pineapple Carpaccio both do equally well.
Overall, Piazza Italiana is an impeccable choice for Italian food in the City, matching the character of its surroundings and providing an intimate and elegant setting for a balanced and well-executed menu.
Piazza Italiana is at
38 Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AY