A Covent Garden veteran - one of the first determinedly modern Italian restaurants in London.
Established in 1985, Orso was one of the very first restaurants in the modernising of London's Italian restaurant scene. Instead of the old-fashioned trattoria with candles in a round-bellied Chianti bottle and heavy sauces on everything, the emphasis turned to highlighting ingredients through relatively simple treatment in the kitchen. That approach still dominates here, on a relatively short menu: seven starters, four pasta and risotto, ten mains, nine desserts. The cocktail list and all-Italian wine list are reasonably priced, and there is a lunch and pre-theatre menu priced at £16.75 for 2 courses or £19.50 for 3.
Orso prides itself on using only the freshest and finest ingredients set alongside a selection of the best Italian wines.
Located just behind Covent Garden Piazza, Orso is the perfect destination for the London diner, with set lunch and pre-theatre menus as well as an exciting, seasonally changing a la carte.