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“Good food, good service”
Review of Assaggi

Assaggi
Ranked #3,270 of 23,571 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$112
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Notting Hill
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Helpful and speedy service (menu is all in Italian so we needed it!). Good food if a touch pricey but well worth a visit if you are in the area. Restaurant was busy for a Tuesday evening which says all you need to know about its popularity and despite being knocked out of the world cup that day, the staff were all cheerful and helpful!

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Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

We decided to try Assaggi on our wedding Anniversary. We made a booking about 1 month in advance since we heard that its very difficult to get a table even on a weekday.
We were amazed by how good the service was but also by the number of staff members. There must have been a waiter for each table. A very polite waitress explained each dish for us (!) since the menu was in Italian. She new every single detail about each dish and helped us choose 2 starters and 2 main dishes. Food arrived almost immediately and all dishes were nicely presented. We had the crab salad and the nettle gnocchi for starters and then the lamb chops and baked pasta dish for main. Everything was very tasty and perfectly cooked however we both thought that something was missing from each plate.

We paid around 90 pounds without having wine so it is a pricey restaurant. Based on the food and the price I would say that this restaurant is for special occasions only. However I was disappointed by the atmosphere since the place has a casual look which you often find in nice gastropubs. So the whole atmosphere did not match with our special occasion mood.

Great quality food but I would rather go to River Cafe than go back to Assaggi.

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

There are a number of schools of thought as to how best to learn a language.Not having the time to spend a month in Italy on an immersion course what better way can there be than dining out in a charming Italian restaurant.Having found the entrance, which by the way is under an arch to the side of the pub on the ground floor and climbed the stairs, one is immediately greeted in Italian and taken to one's table with a flourish.The dining room comprises a first floor room with large double hung sash windows wooden floors and has I would guess about 25-30 covers. I was taken by a business colleague who knows a thing or two about Italian food and wine. As always with good Italian food the best is unpretentious simple and well cooked. The food here being typical with aparagus as a starter and simple meat or fish dishes, both the turbot and sea bass being superbly cooked and presented. I would like to say what I had but as the whole menu was in Italian which I can't speak or read I am somwhat stuck.Our stylish slightly 'off the wall' female waiter, however, gave a good theatrical description of each dish and as other reviewers have mentioned it's worth going along for this.It was somewhat quiet on a Thursday lunchtime so if you want an out of the way restauarant serving excellent food with staff to match give it a try. It's not cheap but you might learn some Italian whilst you eat.

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Thank Geoff M
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Assaggi is in within walking distance of our hotel, and we were lucky enough to secure a reservation. The staff are exceptional - from the moment we arrived we were handled with enthusiasm and humour. Il padrone is the ideal host, funny but thoroughly efficient. The food is simply wonderful - tasteful, fresh, thoughtfully prepared, and modern. The decor is minimalist andeedgy, andwe would return tomorrow!

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Thank Travellerholic
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

In an age where everything has a website, this charming Italian has refused to join the masses. One would think that this policy would harm its popularity, but in fact the place is rammed most nights.

The reason for this is simple...the food is excellent across the board and the waiters know so much about each dish that it often feels like you are talking to the chef. When you have heard about the menu I defy anyone not to be riddled with indecision as to what they want. It all sounds amazing. And when it arrives the taste does not disappoint.

The wine list has a good degree of choice both in style/flavour and in price.

Everything about this place is understated but the quality is undeniable. I really enjoyed the experience. Everything from trying to find the door (under an archway off the main road towards a mews) to listening to the menu being lovingly described in rich detail. A fun place with the food to back it up.

Highly recommended.

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