A Cena

Restaurants , Italian St Margarets
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Venue says: "£10 express lunch Tuesday-Saturday noon-2:30pm (a la carte also available)."

Just south of Richmond Bridge, this traditional Italian local was half full with a mix of families and dowdyish couples on our Sunday lunchtime visit. It isn’t a particularly romantic spot – our booth table was too wide for intimate banter, the dark decor a little gloomy – but the generous, mostly reliable food makes up for it. Our only disappointment from a good-value £25 set lunch was a fennel, ricotta and chilli risotto – the mushy texture and bland flavour reminded us of baby food. Things picked up with the main courses. Pork rolled in leeks and thyme was the perfect Sunday lunch dish with a rich sauce and smooth potato purée. Tiger prawn fettuccine au gratin came piping hot with lashings of cream, parmesan and lemon, plus the pleasing tang of radicchio. For dessert, panna cotta served in a coupe, was a nutty, mocha-infused affair worth every caloria. A peachy garganega from the compelling Italian wine list (lots of bottles under £30) was delightful. Service was professional, if a little cool. A Cena’s owners, Tim and Camilla Healy, are spreading their net and are now co-owners of Orso and Joe Allen in Covent Garden.


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A Cena says
A Cena restaurant is just over the Richmond Bridge in east Twickenham and has been serving seasonal Italian cuisine since 2001. Set in a warm, friendly, elegant and relaxed atmosphere, our menu constantly changes to suit the changing seasons and to ensure only the freshest and best ingredients go into our dishes. The wine list is extensive, ranging from small, modest Italian vineyards to some of the great names and superb vintages. The cocktails are amazing and can be enjoyed at our bar before your meal - and you certainly don't have to be dining in the restaurant to try one (or two!).

We are a popular venue for those travelling to Twickenham for the rugby and we welcome all supporters.

A Cena is also available for private hire for any special occasions - weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, anything. We will chat with you extensively about your requirements and tailor the menu and experience to suit you. We also have a special Christmas menu for parties of 10 or more. Please get in touch via phone or email to discuss further.

If you have ever wondered, A Cena means 'at dinner' and is pronounced 'ah chenna'.
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Venue name: A Cena
Address: 418 Richmond Road
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2pm Tue-Sun. Dinner served 7-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Richmond tube/rail or St Margarets rail
Price: Main courses £14-£23.50. Set lunch (Sun) £21 2 courses, £25 3 courses
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