By Laura Nickoll
Forthright Northern Italian cooking is much-loved chef Angela Hartnett’s raison d’etre. Following the success of her flagship fine-dining restaurant, Murano, she opened two casual central London ‘cafes’, offering more low key destinations geared up for drop-ins (though you can book both). The elegant Covent Garden branch offers all-day nourishment from midday till late, and there’s no mistaking the culinary credentials behind the enterprise.
What to eat? The menu showcases Hartnett’s meticulous approach, with rustic yet refined dishes arranged in multi-course Italian fashion, from cichetti, antipasti and primi through to secondi, contorni and delectable dolce. The Italian take on Sunday lunch is a revelation, and well worth booking ahead for a family treat.
Pipsqueak tip Cafe Murano features a great children’s menu, where the little ones might fancy conchiglione, tomato and basil or veal Milanese with potato fritti. Look out for their kids-eat-free offers during school holidays.