Good food, interesting wines and a charming atmosphere. A rare find for those who like cheerful informality rather than the starched table cloths usually found at this price point.
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Posted: Thu Apr 29 2010
Long before it became the demesne of well-heeled Notting Hillbillies, this part of London was home to a wave of Italian and Spanish immigrants, who’ve now largely sold up and moved on.
The arrival of this little fish shop and casual eaterie/wine bar harks back to those earlier days. Pescheria Mattiucci is a branch of the original, based in Naples, Italy. It’s Italian through-and-through, from the gleaming old-school coffee machine, to the well-chosen Italian comestibles on the shelves, to the types of fresh fish on offer.
If you’re counting air miles, this place may not be your thing – everything is imported. But if you’re a fan of good southern Italian food, it’s a find.
If you fancy fish fresh from the Med (hake, scorpion fish and bandiera – aka scabbardfish – on our visit), you can buy it here to take home to cook.
Alternatively, choose from the small selection of ready-cooked tapas-like dishes served each day. On our visit these might be prawns opened out to encase ricotta cheese, or bandiera with potatoes and smooth pumpkin purée topped with bitter young artichoke leaves.
Our favourite was a dish of anchovies folded around a filling of friarielli (a type of green vegetable from Campania similar to broccoli) and melting provola cheese, which had the full-on savoury/salty/bitter flavours that this part of Italy is known for.
The kitchen facilities are limited: there’s just a salamander to reheat cooked dishes, so this isn’t fancy dining.
But the dishes are well done and taste even better when enjoyed with a glass or two of Italian wine. The small selection is strong on southern grape varieties such as fiano and greco di tufo, and wines from Sicily.
Take a seat on an upturned barrel, sip a glass or two and have a few fish dishes and you could almost be in Italy. Or the Notting Hill of yesteryear.
Pescheria Mattiucci 8 Blenheim Crescent
- Venue phone:
020 7229 3400
- Opening hours:
Open 5-10pm Mon; noon-3pm, 5-10pm Tue-Thur; noon-4pm, 5-10pm Fri-Sun.
Tube: Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park or Notting Hill Gate tube.
Meal for two with wine and service: around £90
- 8 Blenheim Crescent
- 020 7229 3400
- 8 Blenheim Crescent
- Pescheria Mattiucci
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I actually agree with all the comments done about the staff. i ordered for lunch the dish they serve (at £13) Grilled Cuttlefish With Zuccini. At such a price, i thought it would have to be all together a good experience. it was bistro food. It is not Rocket Science to grill cuttlefish, and in addition, when i was served a diminutive plate of food, there were black filaments in place of the zuccini, when I asked nicely "sorry, the menu said zuccini" the waiter stared at me as if i was wrong and told me: "this is aubergine". Da! I know what that small piece of vegetable is (although it was just the skin of an aubergine!) When I tried to explain that obviously " I was expecting Zuccini" he said "we dont have zuccini!" (well, why then you put it on the menu in first place?!). I ate it because it was my lunch and I am not a hassle maker...but as said in some of my comments, I thought "what was that....! " when I went out! i think the service was also bad. The waitress was rude and acting with superiority (so not Portobello Oriented...) and the Waiter/cook was like a kid... he seemed even more lost than I with my cuttlefish without zuccini. Very disappointing. The Aubergine was not home made.... and the cuttlefish was fine, just grilled... so? £13 pounds? and also with an attitude? Not so much! Never more.
one rise tapas £9 .even my cat would be hungry one tuna fish hamburger raw two spritz just made of ice don t go there, lots of other nice place in the area
Forget the service comments above. Real Italian fresh seafood, as authentic and tasty as served here, is unparalled in London. For the size of the place, and the quality, you have to pay.
The hostess of this place is aggressive, rude and pushy. The dishes are overpriced and not that great - they are good but not amazing! I will never go back there again. I walked out thinking "What the hell was that?"
Appaling service! I reserved a table one week in advance just to be called on the day that the table was not available any more due to a big group booking and we should take the bad table instead! During the conversation the lady told me that we should stay at home! Very unfriendly and rude staff!