Went in here for an early dinner before going onto The Shard. Initially tried to enter via the downstairs where I noticed a couple of staff playing around - very unprofessional for any restaurant. I was then directed upstairs to the ground floor entrance. On entering there was only one other table taken which helped to explain the lack of atmosphere in the place. We had booked but were told to sit anywhere by the waitress. I fancied a quick half of lager before having wine with my dinner but was put off by the fact they were asking £3.50 for a half when it was a respectable £5 odd a pint. The Chilean Sauvignon was nice and reasonably priced. My wife and I had minestrone soup which was cold and we both sent it back. When it then arrived it was at the right temperature but was very very spicy - very odd and did nothing for the taste. One of my daughters had the calamari which she said was nice; the other daughter having a selection of breads. There was a reasonable gap between courses which was a plus. Again I was disappointed with my main course the lasagne. Now call me old fashioned but I prefer mine with a bit of minced beef in however I really had to search for any filling in my lasagne. I dissected it sheet by sheet and there was hardly any filling. In addition the pasta was very stodgy - it was definitely not freshly cooked that day. I would go on to say that it was perhaps the worst lasagne I have ever had from an establishment that sells itself as a typical Italian restaurant. My wife's chicken risotto was nice without being anything special and my youngest daughters carbonara type dish was quite bland. My eldest daughter had chicken with potatoes and green beans which she said was really nice. The plus points for the restaurant was that they readily provided jugs of table water and the service was good up to a point. It was poor that they added service charge to the bill, although discretionary, and when the waitress provided me with the bill she stood by our table and asked me how would we like to pay BEFORE I HAD EVEN HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE BILL!!!!! All in all not a great experience and if you like traditional Italian food try somewhere else!!!
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