Published on November 12, 2012 | by Stephanie Richardson

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Jamie serves up authentic Italian food in London

The exterior of Jamie's Italian in Covent Garden

Find hearty Italian food in the heart of Covent Garden [Betoul Mahdey]

 Rating: ★★★★★

Tucked away at the end of Upper St Martin’s Lane, on the outskirts of Covent Garden, lies the flagship central London site of Jamie’s Italian – a hustle and bustle of smells and flavours to ignite your senses.

Walking into the restaurant, you are faced with friendly staff keen to fulfil your every demand and a busy cocktail bar serving everything from the classic Mojito to Jamie Oliver’s very own Blueberry and Basil Smash – a unique blend of blueberries, basil and lemon-infused Bombay Sapphire gin.

A mix of smaller tables upstairs, divided by the separate cocktail, bread and meat bars contrast against the larger alfresco tables in the basement and help to contribute towards an authentic Italian dining experience.

For starters, the antipasti planks at £6.95 are a great way to share a mix of delightful flavours between friends. Made for everyone’s tastes, they come in three varieties – vegetable, meat and fish – and are served with the finest quality ingredients.

The vegetables are chargrilled to perfection and their deep smoky flavours balance with the deliciously sweet cheeses.  If you are not feeling up for such a large starter, the bruschetta is a must.

Topped with pea and mint ripple, grilled asparagus, smashed broad beans, smoky mozzarella, spinach, mint and chilli, the ‘Beautiful Bruschetta for Two’ is absolutely divine. Igniting senses in your mouth that you never knew existed, at £8.95 for two, it is great value for money.

When it comes to the main event, the pasta dishes are the most affordable and mostly are offered in a choice of large or small, it is really up to you how much you spend. The specials are delectable, offering a distinctive blend of exciting flavours.

If you like your food on the spicier side, try the Arrabiata – a hot mix of tomato, garlic and basil sauce served with fiery Scotch bonnet chillies – and at £9.50 for a hefty portion, it sits as one of the cheaper pasta dishes on the menu.

As a real treat, the desserts are a great way to finish off the authentic Italian experience you receive at Jamie’s Italian. From the classic Tiramisù to the wobbly Pannacotta, Jamie Oliver helps to provide a real taste of Italy at an affordable price.

Whether you are going for a light lunch or a full evening meal, it is a great place to try out new flavours, and with restaurants across the globe, you will never be too far from the taste of Italy.

Visit Jamie’s Italian in Covent Garden at 11 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2H 9FB

 

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