Briciole, an Italian trattoria on the northern fringes of Marylebone, has the sort of cooking and low prices that puts smiles on the faces of the whole famiglia. The restaurant is an offshoot of a fancier, more established West End restaurant called Latium. Briciole (‘crumbs’) find their way into dishes, such as the passatelli, a chicken soup from Emilia-Romagna with ‘noodles’ made from breadcrumbs, egg and just a hint of nutmeg. The dishes derive from many regions and reach from pizza fritta, a Neapolitan street snack, to Sicilian meatballs. The day’s special was terrific parcels of gnocchi filled with cheese – firm on the bite, but melting on the inside. There’s nothing hip about Bricciole, but it’s like having Italy right here in London. Guy Dimond
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