Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Piccolino Exchange Square

If you ever fancy a post work drink or dinner head to Piccolino, Exchange Square. Exchange Square has an amazing atmosphere full of city goers drinking and laughing in the summer sunshine. They also have big screens showing a variety of sports and pop up activities. This restaurant is huge so there is plenty of indoor seating and usually there is no need to book. They also have a large outdoor bar area with high tables to lean against and enjoy your drinks and nibbles. Or you can sit outside on their undercover terrace with patio heaters, which is my favorite area.

The restaurant is a stones throw away from Liverpool Street station so is super convenient as well. This place has hit the nail on the head with Italian food. OK, it's a chain and there are more authentic places to try but you cannot beat the location and the food / service is pretty good too. They are open from brunch through to dinner and I can vouch they are busy for both lunch and in the evening so don't be put off by the vast space, you won't be dining alone.

They serve Pinot Grigio blush, which is always a winner in my book as well as Prosecco at £28 a bottle, which I guess isn't horrendous bearing in mind you are in the city. The pre dinner bread and oil is always a nice touch whilst choosing your main. I always go for pizza or pasta, when in Rome after all! The pizza's are large and can just about be finished by one person. The chili oil here is a perfect complement. The pasta selection is also good with my favorite being chicken with vegetables, pine nuts and Parmesan cream. It's the perfect filling portion size where as the bolognaise was massive and far too much for one person!

I have never managed a starter or dessert as I am always too full but one day I hope to branch out. A pizza and a glass of wine with service will set you back £15-20 per person and you will be in lovely surroundings with friendly staff. I cannot recommend this place highly enough for a good quality meal especially as they won't rush you unlike other places nearby.