La Tagliata, Fitzrovia

La Tagliata is the sort of Italian restaurant you’d long for in your neighbourhood. It’s not pandering to trends. There’s not a Freakshake or avocado on toast in sight. The dishes are a touch dated in their presentation – think slate plates and balsamic glaze drizzles – but it’s the sort of food you want to eat.

We start with a sausage, mushroom and truffle pizza in their next-door-bar. The dough is crisp and the right side of oily – in a fried bread kind of way. Little bundles of sausage meat are moreish and the truffle is plentiful.

There’s a special truffle menu available in the restaurant from which we order the linguine all carbonara con tartufo nero (£14). It’s generous in every way; the portion size is massive, there’s a mountain of shaved truffle and there’s more sauce than you could shake a stick at. It’s the perfect plate of pasta.

Thick slices of 28 day dry aged UK beef (£28) are so soft they’re like a cuddle. The outside of the meat is charred which provides a smoky flavour while a pot of olive oil for dunking freshens it all up. There’s even truffle salt for additional seasoning. A side of roast potatoes and spinach provide sustenance.

A quick espresso and we’re on our merry way. And that’s exactly how La Tagliata should be enjoyed. When you just want to eat some tasty food without fuss of fanfare. Great quality ingredients cooked simply – now that’s my New Year’s resolution.

Would we go back? Yes
We dined as guests of the restaurant