For that cry-with-happiness kind of pasta rarely found outside of Italy itself, look no further than recently launched Bancone on William IV off Trafalgar Square. The menu here is bit of a perfect one with superbly considered fresh noodles complimented by a range of seasonal small plates. Such a menu brings with it the absolute agony having to narrow down what to eat. Luckily this painful task is lightened by elegant modern surrounds which have you feeling well classy, yet well….um, welcomed. Brass detailing, top-notch glassware, and a marble bar (the eatery’s namesake) from which to eat and observe the open kitchen stand out in the memory. The cacio and pepe was by far, the best I’ve had outside of Rome. Honestly – it’s worth heading in just to try this dish. Do not resist ordering bread on the side – the honeyed garlic focaccia was so f*cking delicious, we will be ordering two next time. Kicking things off with the arancini plate is also a good idea. And if this all weren’t enough – Bancone’s beautiful menu is beautifully affordable with pastas starting at just £6.5. Go.
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