bringing authentic Italian Cuisine back to Metropolitan London

42 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5HD

Originating from Vercelli only 30 years ago, Executive Chef, Alessandro Cristiano has been around. His skill in the creation of both traditional and innovative Italian dishes has been gained working throughout Italy and in other countries.
As you would expect from a chef with a Piedmontese pedigree, among his specialties are Risotto's, including Risotto with leeks and roquette, and Risotto with spinach, mint and bacon. Other dishes reflect a general Italian influence.

The visit began with a selection of Bruschetta di Pomodoro (Toasted slice of ciabatta bread with choppeed tomatoes, basil and olive oil) and Bruschetta di Funghi (Toasted slice of ciabatta bread with mushrooms and herbs). While both were delightful, the latter had a marvelous cheesy flavor, which lingered on the palate - strongly recommended at only £2.95.

Though I really wanted to order the Picatta al Cedro £12.95 (veal slices cooked in limejuice and spring onions) my Harley Street medicine man only recently whispered "cholesterol" (not fair since he probably eats here). So I opted for a healthy Tonna al Checca £11.95 (grilled tuna with herb flavored chopped tomatoes). As it turned out, both were very nice dishes, but darn it, the superbly flavored "veal au lime jus" was the tops.

The meal was rounded off with the Budino al Miele e Zenzero £4.75 (Honey and ginger pudding) which struck me as roughly what the doctor'd order. It turned out to be a highly refreshing ginger ice cream and a great way to end the meal.

By the way, we tried the Chardonnay (Unoaked IGT - Le Vigne, Sicilia) which is worthy of note. While milder that the average Chardonnay it was unusual and enjoyable.

With seasonal changes planned for every 3 months, the Getti menu should stay lively and refreshed.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and covers 2 floors, with the lower floor designated non-smoking. Both floors enjoy natural lighting as a result of clever architecture and the lower floor has intimate alcoves for those intimate evenings. In line with this, Getti's décor displays high quality while being relaxed; expensive while comfortable. This is a rich but fun atmosphere.

The restaurant is frequented by media people, Harley Street medicine men, and it seems Barbara Windsor lives locally and visits frequently.

Marylebone Village is up market in all it does, with Harley Street for medicine and top shopping names for fashion and jewelry . Marylebone Village's regeneration program should bring a lot more names into the area. So the arrival of Getti is nicely timed and in sync with the incoming higher-class establishments.

Tel: 020 7486 3753
Fax: 020 7486 7084

100 Covers (28 upstairs, 72 down)
Meal for 2: £40 to £48 with wine.

Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00 to 23:00
Sun 12:00 to 10:30.

Wally Robertson, March, 2000

Further information:
Louisa Welch
I-Mage Communications
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