In the UK at least, Louis CK has been a wave on the verge of breaking for a while now. He’s about to become inescapable thanks to a sold-out show at the O2 and this series, which combines his cheerfully bleak stand-up with the odd sketch documenting his self-parodically miserable life. Tonight, he finds himself supervising his daughter’s school trip – a row with a recalcitrant bus driver culminates in the group breaking down in Harlem, precipitating the kind of white, middle-class angst which is Louie’s stock-in-trade. Louie’s observations are spot-on – he’s a black-sky thinker par excellence, but what saves him from self-pity or charges of excessive bleakness is his inclusive, avuncular onstage demeanour. A wolf in sheep’s clothing and one of the best stand-ups currently working.
This Holborn Italian has many of the hallmarks of a traditional trattoria: it's family-run, the menu is full of recognisable regional dishes and they do a good line in authentic pizza. Well, there's a ham and pineapple option but there has to be some concession to the palates of its adopted nation, right? Elsewhere on the menu it's starters of Parma ham and melon, bruschetta and antipasto misto alongside spaghetti alla puttanesca, linguine Genovese, gnocchi al formaggi and risotto di mare. Secondi options include bistecca di manzo, veal milanese and salsiccia toscana. And the pizzas? Napoli, marinara, rustica, calzone, piccante and the tropicana, should you want to veer from tradition.
Venue says: “L'Osteria 57 is happy to announce that we are offering 10% off on all take away food!”