Food is labelled modern, regional Italian cooking, and it’s very reasonable too, with wines starting at just £3.50 per glass. If you’re there just to prop up the bar, the homemade vermouth is a must-try.
A spacious basement floor happily marries more casual bar dining alongside the restaurant proper where the lighting and acoustics make Mele e Pere a space where you can be loud, stay an hour longer and order a bottle too many.
We ate from the extensive à la carte menu and opted for sharing dishes to start. Starters were big and a little on the dense and heavy side but main courses were better, consisting of steak and a green parmesan-laced salad and a delightful ragu tortelleni.
The light-as-a-feather rum baba (to share) was more than enough to round off a good dinner.
The wine list is, as you’d expect, mainly Italian and is very easy to navigate and really well priced – staff had a good understanding of food and wine matching, guiding us very well towards a great Tuscan Chiante (£32.50).
This 100 cover restaurant really does cater for its neighbourhood crowd and welcomes the ad agencies, PRs, corporates, tourists and date crowd in equal measure.
With excellent prosecco on tap, great pastas and open 7 days a week, Mele e Pere really is worth a visit.
Disclaimer: we were invited to review Mele e Pere, but this doesn’t affect what we would say – read our editorial policy here.