Bancone Soho | Pasta Restaurant
Bancone is Italian for counter.
And now, that counter’s about to go up to two.
The original Bancone opened in Covent Garden last year to rapturous reviews (Jimi Famurewa’s a fan, and Grace Dent called it ‘casually orgasmic’). One of London’s great fresh pasta specialists, it’s entirely focussed on rolling out the fresh stuff every day alongside an Italian-leaning wine list.
Now it’s rolling out to Soho, too, taking over the old Foxlow site on Golden Square. They’ll be filling the place with more bancone seating – this time, for almost 100 – and one’ll be set around a giant olive tree.
It’s a good spot to take someone you want to settle an old tiff with.
To ensure they follow up on the mountains of critical acclaim (and the Bib Gourmand from the Michelin man), they’re bussing in Italian Michelin-starred chef Claudio Melis to create the menu. Alongside the fresh pasta classics – you can expect more ‘silk handkerchief’ pasta and bucatini cacio e pepe – there’ll be monthly grilled specials, kicking off with suckling pig pork belly. And as well as a hefty wine list, they’ll be expanding the drinks with the likes of ‘Amaresso Martinis’, served in a subterranean bar.
Just in case you feel like drinking under the tables.
NOTE: Bancone is set to open in Soho on 14th December. We’ll be back with the full scoop when they do…
Bancone Soho | 8-10 Lower James Street, W1F 9EL
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