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Il Pampero

Restaurants, Italian Belgravia
2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

An upscale Italian located beneath a posh Belgravia hotel.

Tucked away in the basement of the plush Hari Hotel in Belgravia, Il Pampero drastically overestimates the value of its mediocre Italian cuisine. The atmosphere was welcoming, as were the friendly staff – the restaurant manages to feel both cosy and classy at the same time. But then the food showed up.

Starters were decent: a plate of beef carpaccio dotted with spiky horseradish, and gooey, warming goat’s cheese croquettes with fresh pesto to dip them in. But when the main courses arrived, the wheels came off. The tagliolini with sheep’s cheese tasted suspiciously like a plate of spaghetti and Philadelphia you’d drunkenly chuck together at 2am, while the pricey wild boar casserole was oversalted and disappointingly small. The side plates were a travesty – £6 apiece for tasteless overcooked broccoli and rosemary roast potatoes with nary a whisper of rosemary.

It got worse, with a thin zabaglione that arrived in an inedibly hard and tasteless shortcrust pastry container. At £140 for two, it’s daylight robbery.


Address: 20 Chesham Place
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £140.
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