From the moment the first can of laughter was opened, American sitcoms have traded in cliché. ‘Men at Work’ is just the latest venture into the ‘mismatched friends looking for love’ sub-genre: sensitive geek, brash gagster and lovable womaniser get together to help Milo, their relatively normal chum, find a girl after a brutal dumping.
If there was much breeze around, these guys would doubtless shoot it; but ‘Men at Work’ is becalmed between the cosy conventions of sitcom (note the baffling foray into soft-rock balladry as Milo muses over his broken relationship) and the racy, male ‘Sex and the City’ it probably aspires to be. The jokes are telegraphed and the set-ups timeworn, but at least there’s sufficient chemistry among the leads to makes their friendship explicable.
Not offensively bad, but entirely indistinct from sitcoms past, present and, most probably, future.
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!”