Italian South London

IL PAMPERO

Old school glam aesthetics at this Italian spot in Belgravia


KANNDID SNAPSHOT

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.

BASIC OR BOUGIE? Bougie

SERVICE IS Sleek, Formal, V. Friendly

TRY All Da Pasta

GOOD FOR Spesh Times, Rents

GROUPS Up to 8 ppl

20 Chesham Pl, London SW1X 8HQ

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Open Mon-Sun

+44 (0) 20 3319 8147

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THE FULL SHEBANG

LOCATION
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.

THE SPACE
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…

We ordered a couple of desserts to share between us. First up, the Bara al limoncello – which I can tell ya was nay short on booze – the sponge was pretty much drenched in limoncello but not enough to make it completely soggy and inedible – I’d give this guy a high five if he had hands.

I had a bit of the Sacher ai Lamponi – chocolate and cherries – not my bag but not bad. To round things off, we had the Shortcrust Cup which was kind of like a lemon tart but with mandarin – fresh with a nice pastry crunch.

Service was the real deal – sleek, professional and friendly.

MOOLAH
As we went when they had 50% off the food menu, we ordered quite a bit. Ordinarily, I would expect to spend about 40 quid for x2 courses and a cheap glass of wine.

VIBE
We went on Mother’s Day during the day, so quite a family vibe. It was quieter than I expected. It felt upscale and quite formal but I didn’t at any point feel uncomfortable. I think it could feel like quite a romantic spot come nightfall especially whilst sipping one of their potent and delightful cocktails.
THE TAKE OUT
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.


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