This family run restaurant group have been welcoming guests to their ‘house’ since 1955 when they opened their first restaurant in Goodge Street. Now, 57 years later they have ten restaurants in London. On this occasion we visited their St Martin’s Lane Spaghetti House where we were warmly welcomed before settling down with the menu and a glass of wine. Our waiter suggested that Orvieto Abboccato Casasole Antinori DOC, Umbria would suit our tastebuds and he was right, it was medium sweet and fruity with hints of peach and went down a treat. We enjoyed this with some flavoursome olives from Sicily. For starters we chose Bruschetta al pomodoro and Zucchini fritti, both portion sizes were very generous and the bruschetta was a real taste of the Mediterranean with just the right amount of basil on top of lovely fresh tomatoes. The Zucchini was a nice contrast and was really tasty, with a satisfyingly crunchy batter.
For our main courses we followed the house recommendations and went for their pasta, for which they are rightly famous. We enjoyed Linguine vongole in bianco which included fresh Palourdes clams, white wine and chilli. We thought this was a delicious choice and particularly liked the kick the chilli gave to the dish. We also chose Tagliatelle pollo & funghi; the pasta was cooked to perfection and we really loved the delicate creamy sauce which complemented the tender chicken and mushrooms. It was a really enjoyable and filling dish.
For dessert we could not resist the Tiramisu which was one of the best I have ever tasted. It truly did melt in the mouth. My companion chose Coppa nostra which was a delicious mix of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce and nuts. The chocolate ice cream was particularly luscious and would please any chocoholic. Spaghetti House definitely gets our recommendation. For a three course meal expect to pay from around £20.