Three years ago, Pescheria Mattiucci was merely a fish shop where you could grab a quick bite and the catch of the day. But a recent refurb has given this quirky little Italian boutique in West London a new lease of life – so anyone looking for fine seafood dining with the occasional frill has a good few reasons to seek it out.
To start with, it’s authentically Italian, modelled on its sister site in Naples, and therefore doesn’t miss a beat in the quality of their dishes. Homemade grissini (breadsticks) is generously provided as you browse through the best menu we’ve ever seen (it’s a scrapbook), while the seafood is freshly caught from the Italian coasts, making its way to the PM kitchen within the day and duly prepared with love. Or at least that’s how we’d describe the taste of the razor clams, cooked with white wine, parsley and chilli – and we polished that off within minutes.
The mains will also tickle to the tastebuds, with a generous choice or raw or cooked dishes to choose from, but it’s essential you leave a little room for some babà. Recommended for “those with a soft heart”, this traditional sponge cake soaked in rum could have brought us to tears, it was just that good – and the perfect way to end one of the loveliest dining experiences we’ve had for a while. The staff are sweet , the prices are reasonable and the food will whisk you away to Mediterranean climes without the need for a passport. What’s not to love? (Words: Matilda Egere-Cooper)
For more info, visit: www.pescheriamattiucci.com