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A gluten-free restaurant on Old Compton Street that serves up traditional Italian fare with a modern twist. The menu is split into small and large plates, so you can pick and choose depending on how hungry you are. Dishes include the likes of kiwi and parma ham salad, salmon tartare, baby octopus with potatoes, gorgonzola and beetroot ravioli and lamb tagliatelle.


Venue name: Leggero
Address: 64 Old Compton St
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus/Leicester Sq
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Italian and gluten free; not often words you hear together yet this restaurant caters to both. As a coeliac it was such a treat to be able to eat at a restaurant where everything on the menu was gluten free and I didn't have to ask a million questions and request allergen charts. 

Leggero does a reasonably priced lunch deal of two small plates for £12. Me and a friend shared four small plates which included stuffed baby squid, duck and berry sauce, ricotta and spinach balls and pork with beetroot and feta as well as some bread and two glasses of wine. Only amounting to £30 I thought this was a good price for food that was so delicious and a bit classier than the average sandwich. I have to say the ricotta and spinach balls were my favorite part of the meal which took me by surprise as I am a shameless carnivore. However they were reminiscent of Italy and full of flavor and that is why they were the winning dish for me.

I really look forward to going back and trying their beetroot ravioli for dinner sometime as that really caught my eye. The whole menu sounded divine and what we ate was stunning. I really like this place as it enables me to eat out without any worry about being coeliac for once. 


When you have food allergies or restrictions it's hard to imagine/remember going into a restaurant where you can pick absolutely anything on the menu. (Even more incredible when your options aren't restricted to crumbly rice-flour pizza bases and pasta dishes substituted with Free-From Penne from Sainsbury's).  So I found my mouth and eyes and entire body watering when I read through this menu - to not only find a variety of dishes but actually delicious and gourmet speciality Italian dishes, things like lamb meatballs, gnocchi with porcini mushrooms and truffle cheese and Tagliatelle with white bolognese sauce. 

We shared six sharing plates and two mains between three of us - the highlights being the ravioli stuffed with salmon, the aforementioned lamb meatballs and lamb bolognese. And because life and gluten free restaurants are all about making the most of the good things you can find, we shared a bottle of sweet prosecco and two desserts between us - a creamy, soft tiramisu and a firm chunk of New York-style cheesecake with a buttery biscuit base. We finished with two espresso martinis (it was a special occasion) and god this was a feast for the senses. The service was also excellent and my two non-glutard friends are now total converts.

Hard to spot their food is gluten-free, an Italian experience in the heart of Soho a reasonable price.