Today we’re heading to beautiful Wimbledon Village which we’re lucky enough to live very close to for a night of tasty Italian. The Village is not short of restaurant choices and things do move around quite a bit – Cent Anni is a newish offering.
It’s a stylish sort of place (as you’d expect) and the menu is described as modern Italian. There’s a good selection of handmade pasta as well as plenty of fish and meat options to choose from.
For starters the prawns turned out to be a favourite. Jumbo prawns cooked in white wine, garlic, chilli and lemon and served with crusty pugliese bread. Beautifully sweet, plump and juicy prawns in a sauce with a real chilli bite and lashings of garlic. Love the little pan they were served in, too – I want some for my kitchen!
I love a good fillet of beef carpaccio and this one came topped with Parmesan ice cream! A clever twist that worked perfectly with the tender and tasty beef and some fresh micro herbs.
I’m always happy to see liver on any menu. The panko crusted calves liver with spinach and caramelised onions was perfectly pink with a crunchy crust. It’s hard to make liver look pretty on a plate (and therefore in a picture). Trust me on the deliciousness though.
The yellow fin tuna came with a salad of cannellini beans, red onion and cherry tomatoes with a zesty olive oil and lemon dressing.
I was in a meaty mood and thoroughly enjoyed my lamb cutlets served with broad beans, zucchini, mint, lemon and a bowl of new potatoes. The minty puree was so perfect with the tender lamb (served pink) and I am fond of a broad bean or two.
New potatoes in spring and summer in England are hard to beat. These were lightly fried or roasted and were so tasty I couldn’t help but eat the whole bowl (with a little help from my friends). Well, I am a dedicated potato lover after all.
Cent Anni is certainly a lovely addition to the streets of the Village with its diverse and mouth watering menu and lovely interior design. That pasta is calling me back!
Today’s price point
A two course dinner costs £27.
Wine starts from £22 a bottle.
Cent Anni is at 35 High Street, Wimbledon Village SW19