I am in London most days for work and as a result I feel like there aren’t many places I don’t know about. Yet, a few years ago Liam took me to a restaurant called Cicchetti right near Piccadilly station. It isn’t new and isn’t the only one yet I had never heard of it so I thought I should let you in our little secret gem. I assumed that a restaurant in a tourist spot like Piccadilly Circus would be overpriced and quite frankly tacky. I was very wrong. Chicchetti is the Italian version of having tapas. I adore this style of eating. I am one of those people that like to take one bite of each chocolate then put it back in the box just so I can try them all. Chicchetti is perfect if you want to try a bit of everything as all of the plates are quite small. Go with a friend or partner and order about six dishes to share between you. The food is served fairly swiftly so if there was a particular dish you enjoyed you can quickly order some more and not have to wait. The food service is a bit like Wagamas, no rhyme or reason as to which dish you get at which time.
I have only been to this restaurant in the summer but I feel it would be gorgeously cosy during the winter months. The first time I went to Chicchetti I went at peak dinner time and it was rammed and very atmospheric, but not too loud. The second time I went (pictured in this blog post) was at about 12:30 just before the lunch rush and although we served much more quickly I preferred the atmosphere when it was busy.
Food of choice
•I am particularly fond of the fried mozzarella balls. I am a vegetarian, Liam a keen meat eater and there were plenty of options for both of us.
Cocktail of choice
•Fragolini…this was the seasonal cocktail and was delightful. I could have drunk five! If this cocktail isn’t in season for you simply order an Aperol Spritz.
Let me know if you go