For Classic Italian Food in a Cosy Setting – Vicino, Parsons Green
September 11, 2017
If you’re looking for a lovely cosy Italian restaurant outside of town, Vicino on the New Kings Road in Parsons Green is the place!
Full of hustle and bustle on the Friday night with a steady stream of locals and those who’ve already heard this is THE place to go for authentic Italian cuisine, Vicino boasts a mediterranean feels with its bright yellow and orange walls, hand painted artworks and vintage posters. The staff are fun and friendly and service is good – even with all tables occupied!
Vicino’s only aim is to deliver simple Italian food – the dishes have a fabulous Tuscan feel to them courtesy of head chef Marco Moscolini who’s been at the helm since 2011.
With seasonal flavours and local produce at its heart, the signature which everyone should try is the whole lobster (fresh from Billingsgate Market) cooked with white wine, garlic, olive oil and chill – a simple yet brilliant dish.
With the huge front windows fully open on the scorching hot night we visited, our table of six ladies were desperately in need of hydration by way of champagne cocktails served with strawberries, followed by a beautifully crisp bottle of Gavi di Gavi batasiolo – Piemonte 2014 (£33).
We ordered a range of ‘shareable’ starters including tasty garlic breads (£3.50), Calamari e Zucchine Fritte, deep fried, crispy and delicious with a tartare sauce dip (£7.50) and the Spiedini di Gamberi e Asparagi – succulent grilled prawns and asparagus on skewers with an arrabiatta sauce.
When ordering mains, we were pleased to see that along with the meat and fish dishes, there was also the option to have gluten free pasta. Unable to resist any dish that comes with truffle, I went for the Ravioli di Cinghiale e Crema di Tartufo wild boar ravioli with black truffle sauce (£11) and wasn’t disappointed! With plenty of sauce and a good sprinkling of parmesan, this was incredibly tasty and more-ish! Having tried most of the other mains that my friends ordered, we all decided that the two top dishes were the classic Carbonara (£10) and the Breaded Veal Escalope with a gorgeous pomodoro sauce (£16.50). We finished our meal with a round of amarettos to get the rest of our night started!
Vicino is a lively, sociable setting in which to enjoy a lovely meal out with friends. Reasonably priced for the area and given that they’ve got that informal trattoria feel down to a T, you’re guaranteed a good night there every time you visit – you might even spot the odd celebrity (…but we didn’t tell you that…!)
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield