Assaggetti Restaurant Review, Piccadilly Circus

Girl power and Italian food was the recent combo. Before heading out to see the Spice Girls inspired theatre show Viva Forever, the girls and I headed to the Assaggetti Restaurant, situated in the heart of the theatre land in Piccadilly Circus, for a pre-theatre meal.

Assaggetti Restaurant
Assaggetti Restaurant, London

Assaggetti, is modern Italian restaurant split over 2 floors, the décor is fresh, modern paintings on the wall, high tables with high stools and regular table seating’s available. My friend made a booking in advance so on arrival we were directed downstairs to our table of 6.

Inside Assaggetti Restaurant
Inside Assaggetti Restaurant

Assaggetti is based on small plates made for sharing, so no large servings, therefore its advisable to check menu online, because if your after something more filling meals at Assaggetti isn’t the answer. Either way the menu has a good range of sharers for both vegetarians and meat lovers alike. The menu is sectioned very well and in particular I loved the ‘designated driver’ section of the drinks menu, it made a change from seeing, non-alcoholic or mocktails as a category, very quirky indeed.

Assaggetti's Drinks Menu
Assaggetti’s Drinks Menu

On the table there were bottles of oil and balsamic vinegar, the oil bottle was presented in a very industrial looking bottle, very cool:

Assaggetti's bottle of oil
Assaggetti’s bottle of oil

We ordered some mixed breads (£2.95) these come in 3’s and I must say mixed with the oil and balsamic vinegar it just melted in the mouth, the breads were fresh:

Mixed Breads
Mixed Breads

From the Pizzettine section we selected the Spinach and Ricotta (£4.45), and the Vegetarian (£4.75), out of the two I preferred the vegetarian pizzettine, but this wasn’t the case of the other diners on my table:

Vegetarian and Spinach and Ricotta Pizzettine's
Vegetarian and Spinach and Ricotta Pizzettine’s

We also selected the Salmon Bruschette (£2.95), Tomato and Mozzarella (£2.95), Vegetarian lasagne (£4.95), Wild Mushroom Risotto (£5.50), Baked Aubergine and Pesto (£3.95) and some Fried Zucchini (£3.45):

Salmon Brushette
Salmon Brushette
Tomato and Mozzarella
Tomato and Mozzarella
Vegetarian Lasagne
Vegetarian Lasagne
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Baked Aubergine and Pesto
Baked Aubergine and Pesto
Fried Zucchini
Fried Zucchini

Some of the sharers were a hit or miss, but either way they were edible, my favourite and I’m sure the other girls would agree, was the baked aubergine and pesto, it was scrumptious, we ended up ordering more of these. The service was quite slow and they took time in ordering and bringing out the food. We did decide on desert these included: Cheesecake with Fresh Berries (£3.50) and Chocolate Cake (£3.50). I had spoonfuls of both, the chocolate cake was very rich, but the cheesecake was lovely, I could have easily had that on my own.

Assaggetti’s Desserts
Cheesecake with Fresh Berries and Chocolate Cake

Assaggetti’s concept is great for that tapas style of dining (visit La Tasca for Spanish tapas) and makes a great place to go for a pre or post theatre dinner, even though some of the dishes we tried could have been better. Assaggetti’s website states: ‘This is food to love, to share, to talk about’, not sure if we loved it but we definitely shared and we most definitely talked about it.

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