The first Spaghetti House opened in 1955, and today the nine-strong group still exudes the same Italian passion for conviviality throughout the West End of London.
Spaghetti House at 66 Haymarket, Piccadilly London SW1, 020 7839 3641, part of one of the most successful and time-honoured Italian restaurant groups in London, emerges styled as a caffé-ristorante, with a new look after extensive refurbishment.
A key feature is the inviting open bar area, where the floor-to-ceiling glass doors open fully, allowing tables to overflow onto the pavement for alfresco dining, urban-style, during summer. These sought-after tables are shaded for comfort, whilst diners can take in all the unmissable buzz of the West End. Indoors, the décor has changed to stylish neutral colours offset by bold dark reds, with striking murals depicting iconic scenes of Italian life. A backlit wine rack draws the eye to the rear of the restaurant, breathing new life into the main dining room.
An air conditioned private dining room is now open for breakfast meetings, lunch events, cocktail parties and dinners for 12 – 20 people, offering a new venue of character right in the heart of the active West End business community.
To complement the revamp, there is a new menu and wine list that will surprise those who might expect just pasta from Spaghetti House. Whilst pasta and stone-baked pizza are of course featured, fish dishes such as Pesce Bianco alla Livornese at £10.95 – a speciality from the Tuscan town of Livorno – offers a taste of baked halibut with white wine, tomatoes, black olives and capers. Tonno in Carpione at £11.75 – seared tuna marinated in lemon juice with sweet peppers and red onions – is another tempting choice. Meat dishes are classic offerings from Fegato al Balsamico at £12.55 – calf’s liver with balsamic vinegar to Veal Scaloppine at £11.55. Main course salads feature Parma Gran Riserva e Mozzarella di Bufala at £8.75 – using 16 months matured Parma harm with buffalo mozzarella specially imported from Campania. This simple but authentic Italian menu achieves stand out because of the genuine, high quality fresh ingredients used. Nothing is bought frozen and all dishes are prepared fresh every day from fresh ingredients. Even the bread is baked fresh twice a day in the traditional manner.
There is also a children’s menu at £5 and for grown ups looking for a light snack, a good choice of antipasti and bruschette priced between £3.25 and £6.95, and toasted sandwiches using Pugliese bread served with a side salad for £4.95.
Spaghetti House Haymarket is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and sits 80 people in the main restaurant and 12-20 in the private room. An average three-course meal with wine is £25.