This Italian restaurant in Kensington is a family affair. Brothers Emidio and Francesco opened Locanda Ottoemezza in 2002, borrowing the name from Federico Fellini's masterpiece, '8½'. The cinematic influence continues inside, with original film posters on the walls and books dedicated to the stars of the silver screen acting as ornaments. LPs, musical instruments and album artwork also feature - music is a passion too.
Beef carpaccio, bresaola, black truffle pasta and a pumpkin risotto served in parmesan rind are examples from a menu that focuses on authentic Italian dishes. Desserts such as tiramisu, panna cotta and affogato di gelato with hazelnut coffee continue the theme. A set menu is available each evening, too.
A 16-page wine list also leans heavily toward Italy, though bottles from France - including Champagne - feature too. Seven are available by the glass, alongside a couple of ports, four dessert wines and four grappas. Coffee is sourced from Italy, and served with homemade canticcini biscuits.