Jumat, 20 Juni 2008

A Cena-Family-style Italian restaurant

A Cena

418 Richmond Road
Twickenham, TW1 2EB
Nearest Transport: Richmond
020 8288 0108

A Cena as a simple family-style Italian restaurant with a modern twist.

So as the sun comes out and people start flocking into Richmond, here's a quick tip for you Italian fans out there. It's called A Cena (literally 'To Supper' I think) and it's on the lhs just over Richmond bridge. Book if you want to go - it's popular among the locals for a VERY good reason.

A Cena has a fabulous cosy atmosphere, just perfect for the winters evening we visited. It is moodily lit, with tasteful dcor and a relaxed yet classy vibe. Service through out the evening was professional and the food lived up to the rumours we had heard - it was excellent.

Whilst perusing the menu and catching up on gossip we enjoyed a glass of Proseco and some Italian breads with olive oil.

Starters all sounded great so we couldn't resist. We ordered the Wild Boar Salami; the Risotto Amarone della Valpolicella; the Artichoke Fritti with lemon; and the Pan fried Scallops with Anchovy & Rosemary Sauce. We all had a taste of each and no one was disappointed.

Main courses were even better - the Grilled Ribeye Steak with Tarragon butter, Creamed Spinach & "Patatine Fritte" (aka chips!) was fantastic. Also excellent was the Pot-Roast Guinea Fowl with Marsala, Braised Leg Meat, Chestnuts, Savoy Cabbage & Potato - it just melted in your mouth.

Somehow we managed to squeeze in some desserts....the White Chocolate Mousse; and the Chocolate & Coffee Cassata which was rich and mmm - good!

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