With four of us around the table and with only one order replicated, we got to see a lot of the food on offer. Our overall verdict was that Locanda Locatelli served a great meal, some plates offering some real highs, only a couple of so-so dishes and overall, fully deserving of its Michelin star and a restaurant we'd happily return to. Against key competitors, fellow Michelin star luminaries Zafferano and Semplice, there's little between them from an enjoyment perspective and which you'd choose to visit for a great Italian meal is more likely to be determined by the part of town you happen to be in.
Deciding on the full Antipasti and Pasta run in, we had a round of salt cod (x2), ox tongue, and razor clam and tomato soup to begin the meal. The ox tongue we considered to be amongst the best of its kind and the razor clam and tomato was also well received. On the salt cod dish, the tomato, nicely dressed watercress and the polenta crisp were excellent for taste and texture but the salt cod itself was a little underwhelming lacking depth of flavour.
On the pasta course to follow, the meaty tortellini came in a beautiful clear broth and was nicely comforting. The 'home made' pasta contained in all of these dishes was excellent as you might expect in a restaurant of this calibre, but it is always nice when it actually is. But while the tagliatelle itself was beautifully done, the 'kid goat ragu' lacked intensity being instead a little thin, almost watery. However, the strozzapreti with tomato, salami and olives was without fault as was the malfatti of ricotta, walnut and aubergine.
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