Biagio @ Bankside
32 Southwark Bridge Road (Sumner Street Entrance), Southwark, South East London, SE1 9EU
Biagio @ Bankside is the most recent addition to the thriving group of venues run by restaurateur Biagio Caroleo. Venturing into new territory, Biagio @ Bankside is equidistant between Southwark, Borough and London Bridge stations, as well as being just a short distance from Tate Modern and the City. Unlike many restaurants in central London, where seating is split between floors, the layout is confined to one floor, in a large open-plan area, tastefully decorated and spacious enough to give each table plenty of room. After whetting our appetites with plump green olives and homemade rosemary bruschetta topped with Parma ham, our starters arrived. I chose the tuna and salmon carpaccio which was delicate and delicious; the carefully selected salad with flavoursome Tropea red onions was the perfect accompaniment. The melanzane alla Parmigiana was served with a sauce of the freshest tomato sauce and leeks; it simply burst with flavour, yet its refreshingly light quality allowed space for the main course. The homemade tortellini was expertly made with obvious passion, filled with creamy ricotta cheese and basil. My partner did not regret taking the recommendation of our waiter, as every aspect of her chosen dish was cooked to perfection; from the king prawns and calamari, to the white wine and tomato sauce, every flavour harmonised. From the range of homemade desserts, the tiramisu was exquisite, while the rainbow fruit - chilled fruit purée - was deliciously refreshing. The drinks list presented an extensive choice of Italian wines, as well as a fine selection from around the globe. The Esino Bianco DOC was the perfect partner to pasta: medium dry and well-rounded. Biagio @ Bankside, an approved venue for civil marriages and receptions, offers Italian food of the finest quality at an affordable price. From the quality linen tablecloths to the discreet and attentive waiting staff, the meticulous attention to detail ensures every element of any meal here is thoroughly enjoyable.