Amongst the swathes of hip new Soho spots sits this long-standing Italian restaurant on, yep, Dean Street. At number 40, in fact. It must be doing something right - it's been serving traditional Italian dishes to Soho sorts for nearly 20 years, alongside wines focused firmly on Lo Stivale. A few tables outside offer a good people-watching vantage come summertime.
The food menu is pretty much a run-through of recognisable Italian favourites - think pizza, pasta and antipasto platters alongside carpaccio of bresaola with wild rocket, parmesan shavings and truffle oil, duck confit with a cannellini bean and rosemary stew, and herb-crusted hake fillet with fresh tomatoes, prawns, capers, olives and smoked anchovies. A burger is the only departure from authenticity, though it does feature mozzarella.
The gavi di gavis, pinot grigios, trebbianos, sangioveses and montepulcianos show the wine list's Italian focus, though Chilean merlots, Argentine malbecs and sancerres, champagnes and pinot noirs from France also feature. Keep an eye out for set lunches and dinner offers, too.
Our extensive drinks menu is often praised for being very competitively priced. Our wines bring out the best in our food and our friendly, inviting staff are always ready to recommend an ideal accompaniment for your meal. But let's not forget the cocktails, which are essential in the media hub of Soho - many of our regulars come back not just for the food but for the bargain cocktails and bar snacks. The atmosphere at Forty is always bubbly, managing perfectly all occasions, from the romantic meal to the party for 20!
So pop in for an Aperol spritz!