L'assaggino

4.4
72 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Cosy
  • Good for a Date
You’ll find L’assaggino on a quaint cobbled street, one of Richmond’s prettiest locations – a Grade 2 listed building off Richmond Green. Enjoy fresh homemade pasta and authentic Italian cuisine from our Chef who is a North Italian native, from Genova. Our small menus are made with fresh vegetable and meat that is locally produced with simple and excellent food that changes frequently.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 12pm-3pm and 5pm-10pm
Saturday: 12pm-10pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm
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Phone number
020 8940 1806
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Special Offers

Wine Tasting: £25pp

Includes 2 courses and 3 glasses of wine. Option for 3 courses - £30pp.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 4 April 2018

Ends: 30 August 2018

Availability: Thu 17:00-22:00

What 72 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

The best Italian food I have eaten in the UK! The food and service was stunning; special highlights were the calamari, lobster ravioli and tiramisu. This restaurant has a small and carefully prepared menu; using fresh and seasonal produce. Then staff were amazing and have brought the taste and essence of Italy to Richmond. I am almost reluctant to write such a glowing review as I would like to keep this restaurant 'my hidden gem'! The prices are also so reasonable and some outside seating on a lovely little side street. Thank you for making our Saturday night so special.

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4.0Dined on 4 August 2018

For such a small place, the food packs a lovely Sicilian punch. Home-made pasta and friendly atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Dinner with a friend on a Friday evening. Good food and excellent, friendly service.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

We had a wonderful meal here, the food was truly amazing and the staff were all very friendly and looked after us perfectly while we were here. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Great food and great service

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4.0Dined on 20 July 2018

A super local restaurant with very good Italian food, friendly service in a cosy atmosphere. The menu is more interesting than many Italian menus, and I would happily go regularly.

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Third visit first class food and service . Great staff and reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Bellisimo in every way! Food, service....get one of the dishes with homemade pasta!

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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Excellent!

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Lovely cosy local Italian. Wonderful traditional and authentic classic dishes brilliantly cooked with some great daily specials that are always interesting. Friendly and polite service. A real gem.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

This was my first visit, for dinner with a friend. It's a small restaurant with a limited menu but no less good for that. The chef made his own recommendations and cooked our food according to our tastes. I had the meatballs to start, followed by the octopus. Both were superb with a Sardinian red. The service was friendly and attentive. We shared a Tiramssu and both had coffee. £40 a head not bad for Richmond.

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

If visiting Richmond upon Thames and wanna stop for a nice meal , no doubt L'assaggino it's the Italian restaurant for you.
The place is small and cosy with a romantic vintage atmosphere. From the outside you would never think to find such a good quality restaurant with an amazing service.
Since the "discovery", a couple of months ago, I became a regular and introduced the place to family and friends and no one was disappointed.
Manolo, the owner, is an extremely polite & knowledgeable gentleman, he describes the dishes with great passion and he is always there to suggest the right wine to match the food ordered.
The menu is relatively small and simple , however the food quality is excellent from starters to dessert, the service always pleasant and never intrusive ( worth a mention the lovely young waitress Laura, friendly, sweet and professional). In addition they have a good wine selection.
A tiny con after so many well deserved pros, the restroom is slightly inaccessible, however I am sure the managers are aware and maybe already working on this for future improvements.
Overall highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Really great food - we all enjoyed the concept of Italian small dishes as it meant we could try lots of different things.

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5.0Dined on 22 April 2018

Very good place
Nice clean food
Good hospitality
Would recommend

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Very good food and reasonably priced. The menu was small but a great selection. Unfortunately for us there were some options unavailable which was a little disappointing, we all ended up having the recommended main dish which was fantastic.

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2.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Unexpected venue - small and quirky but attentive service. Seafood pasta was nice.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

This is the third time I've been here and each visit has been excellent. The service and the food are both brilliant and the location is very cool being in one of the lanes in Richmond. I would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Nice, authentic local place. Will return.

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

what a gem. hidden down a side street in Richmond and packed with rugby goers but great food and atmosphere delivered in record time with superb service. we will be back!

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Great food. Lovely atmosphere. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on 27 February 2018

Wonderful food, company and service...

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Nice pasta restaurant, really enjoyed the house red. Worth booking as it was busy on a Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Fresh food well made and great service

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4.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Service was excellent but the food was not as good as expected because it wasn't hot enough! I chose spaghetti carbonara as I never have this at home & whilst it was delicious, temperature wise it was only warm which was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

A beautiful 18th Century building with a homely and romantic feel. The restaurant was a perfect fit for a valentine's date, the food is authentic and delicious and the service was charming. I would definitely go back - especially as the meal was very reasonably priced and great quality.

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5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

As always a lovely meal at L'assaggino! A relatively new restaurant in Richmond and we have been already 4 or 5 times. All the pasta is hand made and tastes lovely. And the menu always has a couple of new things every time we go. My Nana who now lives in England loves going to there as it reminds her of back home in Italy.

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5.0Dined on 19 January 2018

Sweet Italian restaurant with good food and grest service. Very intimate.

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

Was a bit nervous after reading previous reviews that they might give our table away despite our booking. Fortunately there was a table available when we arrived (15 mins early, just in case...) but I did notice we were offered the table even before I’d said we had a reservation, so I do wonder whether we could have been unlucky if someone else had come in just before us.
Anyway, the food, wine and service was wonderful, I’m really looking forward to going again.

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5.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Great evening, te staff were very attentive and even sat down with us at the end of the evening to discuss out thoughts . Throughly recommend this for an evening out in a quaint dinner, try it out, we love it.

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2.0Dined on 9 December 2017

I was excited to go to L'assaggino as all the reviews that I saw said the food and service was brilliant. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

Our booking was at 7.30 and we arrived on time, having another engagement to get to later in the evening. By the time that our food arrived at 8.45 pm... we had finished a bottle of wine and were just excited to see any food. The food was good...but not worth the extended wait.

To top it off - when the bill arrived, the service charge had been added to it...along with the waiter's comments that its never usually like this. I'm sure it isn't...but then don't add a service charge to the bill.

The ambience was lovely and the restaurant seems like it could be great for others but unfortunately we had a bad experience.

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1.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Staff seemed to have very little idea where to sit people and what to do. main course was pasta x 2. We waited one hour for the mains to arrive. My lasagne was over cooked and my wife's pasta was warm, not hot. It is the first time I have ever been to this restaurant and would not go back. I live locally and wanted to try it but was very disappointed. It's a shame but the whole experience was poor .

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4.0Dined on 3 December 2017

Busy evening in Richmond so booked in here. Pleasant stylish varied and short menu. Very pretty rooms (both ground and first) with a refined ambience. Wine list reasonable and approachable. Small rooms but we got a window table for 5 so all was well.
Menu very attractive for starters and mains. An alluring place.
Super friendly staff and food was on time and everyone smiled.

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4.0Dined on 2 December 2017

Normal service resumed, great evening, excellent service from pleasant staff , going back this week.

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4.0Dined on 29 November 2017

They make fresh pasta here and it is wonderful. I would recommend trying anything that says fresh pasta or homemade deserts.

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5.0Dined on 24 November 2017

The food was amazing and the staff were very friendly.

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5.0Dined on 24 November 2017

Excellent simple Italian authentic food. Great service.

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3.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Bit disappionting . Long wait for order to me taken , one starter came out cold and had to go back , my main course was poor , wine was nice mind !

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3.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Ok not the best Italian in the area by far
Food was good
A very small restaurant with small tables a little space

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4.0Dined on 11 November 2017

We ate lunch here before going to Twickenham. Reasonably priced tasty food and good wine list. Small inside but split over two floors. Would highly recommend as well run and service excellent and quick. Plus very easy to get to the rugby.

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5.0Dined on 11 November 2017

This was our first visit and won’t be our last. We went for lunch before heading to Twickenham to watch the rugby and it was a fabulous start to our afternoon from the very attentive and friendly staff to the exquisite home made pasta to the sumptuous wine! Fantastic!

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