Classic Italian at Vicino

Vicino was the last restaurant I blogged about before my old blog was cruelly taken away from me. So as it’s still fresh in my memory, I thought I’d tell you all about it again. As it happens, it’s also in the New Kings Road near Parson’s Green tube station. You’re not going to go hungry if you live around here, that’s for sure.

Their classic Italian dishes are absolutely wonderful. The freshest ingredients perfectly prepared, cooked and presented. The menu is comprehensive with all my favourite Italian starters, a lovely range of pastas and plenty of meat and fish to choose from. It’s tough to decide. We started with the Burrata with tomatoes, rocket and basil oil. Just four ingredients – and you won’t taste anything better. I love buffalo Mozzarella but this Burrata was in a class of its own, rich and creamy and melt-in-the-mouth.

Burrata con pomodoro semi secchi, rucola e olio al basilico

Then it was time to try the bruschetta. Again, simplicity rules with plum tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil on toast with rocket. This classic topping was perfectly done, and looks truly spectacular – not bad for tomato on toast.

Bruschetta pomodoro

The sight of Fritto de Mare on the menu transported me back to my recent visit to Italy so it had to be ordered. Wonderfully lightly cooked, crispy, fishy and hot – deep fried squid, prawns, whitebait and thin courgette strips with lemon and tartare sauce. Heaven.

Fritto de mare

Our final dish for the day was an amazing Italian flag potato gnocchi with woodland mushrooms and parmesan fondue. Cleverly striped little gnocchi with earthy mushrooms and a light cheesy sauce. An fusion of texture and flavours, this is the ultimate bowl of comfort food.

Gnocchi di Patate Tricolore con Ragu di Funghi di Bosco Trifolati

Vicino has been around since 1987 and has built up a regular crowd. There’s so much to try you could easily go there every week for a year and eat something different, and I bet every dish would be lovely. It’s the perfect neighbourhood restaurant – Parson’s Green triumphs again! I’m thinking my blog may need a baby sister called eatingparsonsgreen at this rate!

Vicino is at 189 New Kings Road.

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