All over the UK, we are surrounded by chain pizza and pasta eateries. Great for a cheap and cheerful quick bite to eat. But isn’t it giving Italian cuisine an image of being a “safe” option lacking in variety and adventurousness? For those who want to be reminded of the rich diversity of Italian cooking, an authentic restaurant is becoming hard to find.
When I want a genuine Italian experience, I book a table at Da Mario on Endell Street in Covent Garden. A short walk from the Royal Opera House and a number of West End theatres, Da Mario is a cosy family-run restaurant with charming, outgoing staff and a warm atmosphere ideal for different occasions be it a big social gathering, a pre-theatre meal or a romantic date.