Sunday, July 31, 2011

A taste of Tuscany in Notting Hill

Where: Negozia Classica, Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
When: The first Sunny Sunday in London in a very long time. Everyone was out and about in summer frocks and enjoying one of those few days in London where you can bare your legs
What: In my opinion this is one of the best places to get a fix of Italian deliciousness in West London. Negozia Classica’s concept is to provide the best Italian delights.
Who: Myself and Miss C at the beginning of our summer food odyssey
Food: We both went there because we specifically wanted the zucchini carpaccio drizzled with truffle oil and parmesan shavings. This was accompanied by ciabatta with a delicious olive oil dipping sauce. Lunch was naughtily followed by the not-to-be-missed most immaculately baked fondant au chocolat

Drinks: Delicious Italian rose
Price: 50 pounds for both
Service: The staff are all European and give the relaxed casual cool non-intrusive service that is often annoying if you were to be in a hurry...but perfect on this particular occasion
Clientele: Euro 
Ambiance: The restaurant couples as a bar, bottle shop, and coffee bar
Saw: Lots of twos dining or drinking coffee or sipping wine. I don’t like coffee but judging by the amount of people popping in for a cup, i’d say it probably does as good a coffee as anywhere in Milan
Bathrooms: Not at all interesting...but they are clean and tidy
Would I go again? I’d like to go there all the time. The zucchini carpaccio is absolutely delicious and it could never keep me at bay for more than a month
Also of note: My previous outing to Negozia Classica was with my gorgeous friend Miss J. On that occasion we finished up with some delicious dessert wine. Make sure you give it a try.