Having lunch at 64 Old Compton Street feels like visiting an old friend, even though it’s our first time here.
The family-run restaurant in the heart of buzzing Soho exudes warmth and comfort as we dive in to escape the teeming rain.
It’s small and cute, cosy and intimate and the air is filled with those mouthwatering Italian aromas. We’re soon settled down with menus and a delicious bottle of Primitivo red wine while we ponder our choices.
There’s everything you’d expect for a satisfying Italian fix including, starters, pizzas, salads, pasta and risotto. We started with two of our favourites – bruschetta topped with tomato and pesto and burrata, tomato and pesto salad. The freshest ingredients and a magical, classic Italian combination.
The list of main courses makes for difficult decision-making. From pizza and spaghetti carbonara to lobster linguine, gnocchi with beef ragu and chicken risotto, all the bases of Italian comfort food are well covered. We opted for the chicken Milanese served with spaghetti and tomato and basil sauce and a classic homemade beef lasagne. Decent-sized portions of piping hot food are delivered and we tuck in with gusto.
Italian desserts are not to be ignored, so despite the fact that we are satisfyingly replete we share a creamy panna cotta with a mixed berries compote. Impossible to resist and the perfect conclusion to a highly pleasurable lunch on a drizzly London day. Of course, with their warm welcome and selection of delicious traditional dishes at really great-value prices, 64 Old Compton Street is always going to be a Soho destination no matter what the weather. It’s like visiting a close friend every time.
Words by Sandy Cadiz-Smith