Take a break from Oxford Street shopping

74 Welbeck Street, London, W1M 7HA

Just North of Oxford Street at Bond Street underground station, you'll find Vecchia Milano. This lovely Italian restaurant offers a great respite from the stresses and strains of Oxford Street shopping. The restaurant has tables around a circular walkway in the middle of which is a very attractive ornate arched ceiling. There's a distinct impression of a lavish dining environment circa Second World War. I could just imagine couples in evening dress dancing under the chandelier while the bombs burst in the "remote" streets.

I, at my typically unimaginative best, started my meal with a Minestrone Zuppe, 3.10, that was clearly made with fresh crispy vegetables. A lovely soup with perhaps just a little too much salt. Sophie tried the Bresaola, Rucola e Parmigiano, fine slices of air dried beef, roquette salad, oil, lemon and parmesan, 6.25. A lovely crisp salad nicely flavoured with lemon.

For her next trick, Sophie tried the Melanzane alla Parmigiana baked aubergines, fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella, 5.25. Sophie just loves aubergines and reported this to be a very nice dish made with fresh aubergines and a delicious sauce. My next venture was Scaloppine Siciliana slices of veal, fresh orange juice, sultanas, almonds and Marsala wine, 11.00. The orange pieces and peel complimented the veal delightfully. The sauce was like a syrup rather than sauce. Sophie expected this to bee far too sweet but was pleasantly pleased at how well it worked. I loved it.

Finally I tried the Budino di Cioccolato, chocolate mousse, 3.95. Something I definitely should not have done but enjoyed in a state of luxurious guilt. Absolutely recommended but don't tell your doctor I sent you.

Sophie and I found the staff to be rather attentive and very friendly. Santo Mosca the manager is a very well travelled restaurateur with a great deal of understanding of the interests and needs of his customers. Santo comes to us via Munich, Geneva and Paris, giving him an international metropolitan exposure. Likewise, Chef Moro Romeo, who has graced London with his creations for 31 years, hails from Sicily and Venice. Moro was kind enough to spend some time with us and discuss the challenges in today's market of finding reliable, capable kitchen staff.

Vecchia Milano proved to be a great little restaurant that was very well placed for shoppers on their way to the theater or just needing to relax in a fine atmosphere away from the crowds.

Wally Robertson, July 2000

Tel: +44 0207 935 2371
Fax: +44 0207 224 5471
Credit Cards: Major cards accepted.
Valet parking: available for dinner

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