January eh? What a load of rubbish! Depleted bank accounts, Baltic temperatures and a desperate battle to shift the excess poundage which magically appeared over the festive season. Panicked by tumultuous events at Parliament and news of a 97-year-old man terrorising the British highways, we felt compelled to cheer ourselves up with some decadence. There’s no better excuse for indulgence than a long walk down the King’s Road in Chelsea, and we were lucky enough to score a table at the popular Ritorno. The intimate dining room was buzzing with happy faced customers, grinning with a satisfaction that only Italian carbo-liciousness can deliver. Our kind hostess bought us some crisp prosecco and we relaxed into the comfy banquette of the stylish Italian restaurant.
Ritorno offers a well-rounded menu of beautifully cooked Italian favourites, and our inability to eat every dish means we’ll certainly have to make a return visit. With a cheese shaped hole in our healthy lifestyles desperately in need of filling, we ordered the Burrata. It came perfectly chilled with a fresh fennel salad, chilli and basil oil. Our recent regime of lettuce munching and calorie counting had left us like two carbohydrate junkies, clucking for a fix of rich, comforting food. A bowl of homemade Cavatelli pasta, done with violet aubergine and baby plum tomatoes gave us the pleasing warmth we craved. A wonderfully cooked and wholesome serving of deliciousness! We couldn’t resist the rib-eye steaks as a main. They came splendidly grilled and juicy, a little smaller than we’re used to but certainly very tasty, especially when accompanied with a Barolo reduction and a piquant peppercorn sauce. Served with a generous side of rocket and parmesan salad, plus an added helping of truffled potato wedges and fried courgettes, this dish put us back on the right track.
With normality restored and our bellies forgiving the recent spell of abstinence, we had a nose around the restaurant to help plan our next visit. There’s a lovely private room downstairs, which has a view of the kitchen and wine cellar. We’re certainly tempted to book a birthday party there in future, provided we go full-on Forrest Gump on the treadmill to do some damage limitation beforehand. Ritorno, we thank you for returning our culinary sanity and for putting the Flavour back in our lives. Right, what are we eating next?
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