Old school glam aesthetics at this Italian spot in Belgravia
Italian | W&R | £££
For the level of food, the fresh produce and beautiful setting, I think it’s keenly priced and actually pretty good value for money. It came to about £45 per head but we had starters, main course, dessert, cocktails and wine. You can easily eat here for under £40 if you go with x2 courses + a glass of wine. However, if you’re after a buzzy, fun atmosphere; from what I hear the dining room is never really full, so best for a discreet rendez vous with friends / family.
BASIC OR BOUGIE? Bougie
SERVICE IS Sleek, Formal, V. Friendly
TRY All Da Pasta
GOOD FOR Spesh Times, Rents
GROUPS Up to 8 ppl
THE FULL SHEBANG
Il Pampero is tucked away on the ground floor of the Hari Hotel in upmarket Belgravia. Knightsbridge station is about an 8 mins walk away.
Walking into Il Pampero was like stepping back in time, there’s a real old school glamorous feel about this spot. Lush green permeates the space
FOOD & SERVICE
I’m always very careful with bread baskets because I have the tendency to get overexcited and gobble it all up leaving little room for the main fare. On this occassion, I was quite measured. They were all sample sizes so I tried each one. The foccacio had a lovely pillowy soft texture and the grossini – typical of Northern Italy – was smoked and rather good.
To start with, we got the artichoke salad with shavings of parmesan – a nice light starter; and the seabass carpaccio which had a lovely silkiness to it, it almost tasted like they’d basted it with butter.
I got myself a daiquiri which was worth its £14 price tag…
…as it was super strong and very enjoyable whilst I perused the menu and eventually settled for the lobster pappardelle.
This was a solid dish – the pasta wasn’t too thick in it’s consistency and was cooked well – juicy sweet tomatoes had been used and came through in the sauce and the lobster was abundant though you do pay for this luxury, weighing in at £32 which is double the price of most of the other pasta dishes on the menu.
Naturally I had a forkful of my sister’s vongole which was also good and a bite of my mama’s beef ravioli which was lovely and I’d probably order on my next visit to Il Pampero.
I was determined to make it to dessert so I bided my time with a few sips of this rather tasty Italian…