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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Southern Italian heritage shines through on the menus

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Francesco Mazzei’s new restaurant is located opposite the Almeida Theatre, so it’s a great spot to pop into before or after the theatre. It’s a big room with a large bar and busy open kitchen that creates a great atmosphere. Service is attentive without being stuffy and the approachable staff are very knowledgeable. From either the daily-changing board or the seasonal à la carte, maybe choose a refreshing salad-style dish of roasted octopus and cannellini, then spicy chicken calabrese – that’s deboned chicken thighs and a tomato sauce that has a bit of kick. Then, warm pistachio cake and whipped cream to finish.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 December, 1 January
  • Closed for lunch: Monday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Francesco Mazzei

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Italian
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 8
  • Wines over £30: 27
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Starter from: £4.50
  • Main course from8
  • Dessert from: £6.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £15
  • 3-course lunch from: £18
  • 2-course dinner from: £15
  • 3-course dinner from: £18
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 100
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 15
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

Nearest train station

Angel, Highbury and Islington
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