Spaghetti House: Pasta, Passion & Prosecco
Review by Toks Aruoture
When you hear ‘Spaghetti House’ you will be forgiven if your mind conjures up images of bowls and bowls of spaghetti. You’d also be very wrong.
I visited Spaghetti House on Goodge street with a friend for lunch to review their lovely menu as a guest of the restaurant. The Goodge street location is the very first House established 60 years ago in London.
On entry we were greeted by the manager, Anca and seated at a cosy corner of the restaurant.
The ambience is very homelike, Anca explained that their aim was to ensure guests felt at home. I think they have successfully achieved that.
We went for a 3 course meal, starting off with a glass of Prosecco, Olives on Ice and Pane rustico. Pane rustico is freshly baked grain loaf, served with crispy Sardinian music bread (first time sampling that) and grissini Torinesi. The sauce was extremely tasty without the tanginess that accompanies an excess of tomatoes.
Anca suggested we had the day’s special, The Spaghetti Special laden with bolognese and mussels and I had beef tenderloin with peppercorn sauce and asparagus. We also had a side of Samphire. Samphire is a type of seaweed that grows at the confluence where cold and warm waters meet, Anca explained. A note about the special, they are rarely repeated making it even more desirable.
The beef was extremely succulent and juicy, the roast potatoes really did feel like it was baked by my grandma, rich and just the right consistency and the asparagus was cooked to perfection. Funke found the spaghetti equally delicious and not too soft.
We met a lovely couple who have been regulars for 5 years, and they couldn’t stop lauding the fine points of the restaurant. What’s interesting is that despite being regulars, there was new food on the menu that they had never tried.
Service was excellent, we did not have to wait too long for our meal and you can’t miss the friendliness of the staff. All customers who arrived were giving a familiar homely welcome.
Coppa Nostra was my choice for dessert which is chocolate & vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce & sprinkled nuts. It was divine! Funke had Torta di ricotta e pere; roast pear & ricotta cake with caramel ice cream, and that was also lovely.
There are two other floors open to the public can are used for private functions. We were told a few celebrities had frequented, unfortunately we didn’t get to see any during the four hours were there!
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the service, the quality of food and the general ambience. I would certainly return and highly recommend it.
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