There will come a time in your life where, through no fault of your own, you will have to organise dinner in Kensington for your friends who live in East London. It may seem like an impossible feat to find somewhere that’s nice, but also not too pricey, not too stuffy, not too polished, and not too well, er, ‘West London’. Thanks to Locanda Ottomezzo, a neighbourhood Italian restaurant with Italian movie memorabilia on the walls and actual Italians in the seats, planning this dinner is not impossible. This isn’t the finest of Italian restaurants, but it gets the job done, and there’s some theatre in the form of the risotto which comes to your table in a cheese wheel, mixed, and then served onto your plate. Locanda is great for any occasion, but it’s best for a small group dinner where you can also share a few bottles from their excellent wine list.
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