Piccolo Diavolo, Italian food in London's Soho

Exterior of Piccolo Diavolo, SohoThe 'Little Devil' is an appropriate name for a central Soho restaurant, and one of our favorites too. They always serve up great Italian food at decent prices and a pleasant athmosphere.

Let's hear it for Italian food

Like several of its sister restaurants in the popular Biagio chain, Piccolo Diavolo has a big menu offering all sorts from soups and veal dishes to grills and healthy options. Add to this some daily specials, a long list of appetizers, and you've got plenty of choice.

During our last visit, I had some good beef stew (not too Italian, I know...) and my wife had a beautiful Scaloppine alla Marsala, i.e. veal in wine sauce. The veal almost fell apart in the mouth and was some of the tastiest meat either of us have ever had. Definite home run for the chef.



Speaking of the chef, the specialty dish here is the Scaloppine alla Piccolo Diavolo, i.e. pan fried veal escalope topped with fresh tomato and mozzarella cheese and served in a tasty white wine and parsley sauce.

Service and venue at Piccolo Diavolo

Traditional Italian things are everywhere, most noticeably the bunches of Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling. All the staff are Italian too. They're friendly and noisy and it makes a visit feel like a quick holiday to Italy.

A fresh posy of flowers and a candle sit on every table. During the day the place has a buzz which by the evening reduces to a romantic murmur above the candlelight. It's a great place to take your loved one during the evening and in the daytime, for a quick stop while exploring London's Soho district.

The owner of the Biagio chain, Biagio Caroleo, came to England in 1969 after leaving home at 14 and working his way around the world as a cruise ship waiter. He opened his first restaurant in 1973 and has now grown the chain to 6 thriving restaurants.

Piccolo Diavolo contact details

Piccolo Diavolo
8 Old Compton Street
London
W1D 4TE

Phone: +44 (0)20 7437 1024
Website: www.biagio.co.uk

Nearest tube is Leicester Square

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Last updated by Jack on 04 February, 2008 in Food And Drink.

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Comments

voilà pour la 3ème consécutive que nous venons à londres et à chaque fois nous prenons le soir nos repas dans ce restaurant.oui l'ambiance est fantastique on se croirait en italie.nous sommes de Marseille (france) et nous retrouvons la couleur de chez nous.Et puis il faut dire aussi que la cuisine est délicieuse un vrai festin à chaque fois. Autre attrait le Patron et les serveurs sont tout simplement adorables et sympathiques mais surtout amusants et bienveillants.toujours un plaisir je reviendrai.je conseille vivement.

gindro corinne on 12 August, 2008

Translated from French:

Mine (and Babelfish's) translation from the French:

It's the third time in a row we come to London and each time we have dinner in this restaurant. Yes, the environment is fantastic and you could think you're in Italy. We're from Marseille (France) and we find this place as colorful as our home. It should also be said that the kitchen serves up delicious food - it's a feast each time. Another attraction is the owner and the waiters are quite simply adorable and sympathetic, and also amusing and friendly. It's always a pleasure and we recommend it highly.

Jack on 12 August, 2008

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