£26 to £40
Il Vicolo restaurant in London’s St James’s, near all the grand gentlemen’s clubs and an easy walk from Piccadilly, Green Park and The Mall, is a well-established and very attractive Italian restaurant. Hidden away down Crown Passage – ‘il vicolo’ means ‘the alleyway’ in Italian – the restaurant is a world away from the bustle of the city and is particularly well priced for a high-end part of town. It’s a good-looking spot that’s decorated in the stark modern style, though the service is traditional in its warmth and expertise. Il Vicolo focuses on the cuisine and wines of Calabria, offering authentic Calabrian dishes as well as more familiar Italian dishes and daily specials. The dining room is populated with local office workers and tourists who’ve done their research. Il Vicolo offer daily ‘specials menu’ offers plenty of fish and seafood. Signature dishes include Linguine pasta with fresh seafood and Home-made Papadelle pasta with truffle.