Latium is a fine dining independent Italian restaurant located within close proximity to Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road stations. Head chef Maurizio Morreli created several of the Latium menus including the Ravioli menu. The bread and pasta are freshly made each day by head chef Maurizio Morreli so they are a must try when visiting this incredible Italian restaurant
I was invited to review Latium having never been to an authentic inspired Italian restaurant before (shock horror, Pizza Express doesn’t count!). I decided to let the restaurant manager do all the decision making for me while Shehzad knew exactly what he wanted as soon as he looked at the menu!
An Italian Restaurant in London
We were seated and given our menus and much to my surprise out popped two glasses of Prosecco and this delightful complimentary bowl of freshly baked breads, cured meat, mozzarella, olive oil and olives. The bread was fresh and delicious, I couldn’t help but slather it in cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. However I knew starters were coming and I hat to fill up on bread!
RAVIOLI RIPIENI DI TALEGGIO, BIETA E NOCI ALLA MAGGIORANA – Ravioli filled with taleggio, Swiss chard and walnuts, with marjoram
As you can see it was presented beautifully. I’ve honestly never wanted to touch such a delicious plate of food in all my life. I am not the biggest fan of ravioli, perhaps as all I’ve ever experienced is shop bought. But scrap that thought because this was the most fresh and delicious ravioli I have ever had.
SELEZIONE DI RAVIOLI AI QUATTRO PESCI CON BOTTARGA DI SPIGOLA – A selection of 4 fish ravioli, made with sea bass bottarga
Now as you can see this was an interesting ravioli dish, picked by the waiter. Each different coloured ravioli contained a different flavour intensity of sea bass. Starting from the right (black) and working your way to left () the flavour intensifies. I tried just a bite of the mildest as I didn’t want to ruin the palette of my delicate revioli. However Shehzad mentioned just how fresh the ravioli was, the sea bass filling with bottarga herb also tasting fresh. This was his first experience with ravioli and I think it’s safe to say he’s been converted!
We were also treated to a generous plate of Buffalo mozzarella on a bed of tomatoes and drizzled with basil pesto and olive oil. Perfect with our freshly made breads we snacked on earlier!
FILETTO DI MERLUZZO ARROSTO, ZUCCHINE TRIFOLATE E SPINACI – Roast fillet of cod, sauteed courgette and spinach
The cod sounded like a very fresh and healthy option on the menu so Shehzad opted for this one! When it arrived I couldn’t help but give an ‘mmm’ sound. It did indeed look very fresh, a thick and delicious cod fillet on a bed of sauteed courgette and spinach. I had a little taste and was very impressed with the dish. I absolutely adore cod and would have happily eaten the whole thing. The veggies were equally as delicious and seasoned well!
PANCIA DI MAIALE ARROSTO CON SPINACI, FAGIOLI CON LA COTICA, RICOTTA SALATA E PORRI ARROSTO – Roast pork belly with wilted spinach, borlotti beans, salted ricotta and roast baby leeks
I really wanted to try something different and a little out of my comfort zone so I opted for what sounded VERY interesting on the menu, the roast pork belly. It arrived looking oh so sophisticated and well presented. All the flavours from the beans, salted ricotta and leek complimented the pork belly so well. The pork belly itself was melt in your mouth delicious. Absolutely full of flavour and I could have happily had another plate given if my belly weren’t so full!
You can’t skip dessert at an Italian Restaurant…
One of my favourite things in Italian restaurants is the Dessert Menu. Oh my, I do love an Italian dessert. These two did not disappoint…
TIRAMISÚ CON SPUMA AL CAFFÉ MOCHA – Tiramisú with coffee mocha foam
I am a big fan of Tiramisu so of course that would stand out to me most on an Italian restaurant menu! I loved the presentation of this dish, they really do themselves justice! The tiramisu was delicious, creamy and fluffy with layers mascarpone, ladyfingers, cocoa and topped with a generous dusting of cocoa and coffee mocha foam. As I am such a huge coffee lover, I will happily say that the foam was the best part. So strong and fresh! The dish all together was delicious and I’m sad to say I struggled to finish it all.
GELATI E SORBETTI – Ice-cream and sorbet
A lovely little bowl containing a trio of Italian ice-cream and sorbet. I didn’t quite hear the flavours given and I barely got a mouthful as Shehzad was so utterly besotted with it (I cannot blame him). Italian Ice-cream is like sheer heaven and definitely makes me want to take a short break to Italy! The texture was so smooth and silky. Not at all heavy on the stomach like regular milky ice creams.
To finish we were treated to a selection of in-house made truffles and amaretti biscuits. Absolutely delicious, some deep and indulgent and others light with a coconut outer! I absolutely love amaretti biscuits- I’ve been known to eat a whole pack in a previous job as a teenager!
Overall our experience at Latium was outstanding. People don’t give enough credit to individual restaurants and this Italian Restaurant nestled in the heart of London really deserves credit. The service from the waiters and head waiter were incredible. They tended to every need of both ourselves and other guests at the establishment. The food was so fresh and delicious, I couldn’t complain about anything. Latium is definitely the perfect place for a first date, celebration or dinner before heading to the theatre!
21 Berners Street
London W1T 3LP
T: 020 7323 9123
Nearest tube: Goodge Street
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