Close to Edgware Road station in the heart of Marylebone sits the wonderful Briciole that thankfully happened upon me whilst on a date in the area. A light and airy café, restaurant and deli, Briciole is the epitome of laid-back Italian café culture.
Briciole is split into just a few small rooms consisting of the deli and the restaurant, there is also some outdoor seating for al fresco dining if the weather is nice.
Entering the trattoria through the deli that serves a large range of meats and cheeses sitting tantalisingly behind the counter, we were greeted by friendly staff with a smile and a “ciao” who instantly made us feel like part of the family, we knew we were on to a winner.
The mouth-watering deli products that we passed on the way in were also on the menu in the restaurant, perfect for a snack at lunch or something to nibble on over drinks, we opted to get a few of these as starters as well as a finely made Aperol spritz each.
The mains are small but beautifully cooked, fresh and full of flavour, we dined on tagliatelle with lamb ragout and asparagus as well as meatballs in pea sauce with a side of wilted spinach and balsamic vinegar.
A fantastic option to dine at for lunch or dinner if you’re in the Marylebone area. There are a few good pubs nearby to grab a drink at afterwards and you can always wander up to Paddington Basin and Little Venice for a mooch around.
Briciole is the little sister of Latium restaurant in Fitzrovia which is billed as one of the best Italian restaurants in London, if you’re looking for a more central option then this makes the ideal candidate.