We remember a road trip through Italy when we stopped at a caffe and had, very simply, scarlet tomatoes warm from the sun sliced on a plate with great shavings of parmesan. It was perfetto. Dining at Assaggi puts us in mind of that meal. Set in an informal dining room above a Notting Hill pub, Assagi is simply decorated with bare floorboards, wooden tables, Mediterranean ochres and terracottas, and floor-to-ceiling windows for
observing the street scene below. The welcome is so warm you’ll feel you’ve
come home at last. The cooking of Nino Sassu is traditional Italian home cooking, employing the very best quality ingredients then preparing them respectfully so each flavour shines through. Starters might include paper-thin prosciutto with excellent bread, or monkfish and olive oil salad. The pastas might feature Assaggi’s own pasta loaf, rather like a jelly roll of pasta with intense filling. Mains might include something simple like fillet steak with chantarelles. The wines are mainly Sardinian and work very well with the food. There was a flurry of celebrity interest here, and
a few famous devotees still show up from time to time. Don’t mind them. Just enjoy the food.
39 Chepstow Place, W2 4TS
£55 - £64
Mon - Sat12:30pm - 2:30pm & 7:30pm - 11pm