me and my girlfriend went on one of our first dates here about six months ago and had a lovely meal. so for valentines day (a week later to avoid the schmultz) we decided to go back, i was a bit dubious because of some of the reviews i had read but we still went and had a lovely meal in a great atmosphere.
yes the service is slow but i found the waiters were always pleasant and in our case interacted with us throughout the meal and at the end even gave us a free amaretto (which although i didnt want was a nice gesture). it took an hour to order the food but in this time we had been given our wine and olives and did not feel it had taken an hour. i understand if you are in a rush it would be annoying but whenever you wanted to speak to a waiter they were there to help.
the food is good, i had the tricolore salad and my girlfriend had goats cheese with balsamic to start and they were both tasty and fresh and not mucked about with. how you would want the italian classics.
for the main i had the seafood risotto which had a good amount of and variety of seafood in it but lacked a little bit of flavour, but i still ate the lot! my girlfriend had the seafood linguine which she finished and wanted to lick the plate. she has this wherever we go and still thinks its the best she has had in London.
in total it came to just over £55 with a lovely bottle of red which was very reasonably priced.
it may have taken 2 and a bit hours to finish and the service is a little frenetic at times but i think that adds to the experience. i would go back again as the waiters are friendly and courteous at all times.
if people of primrose hill want to avoid J then fair enough, it makes it easier for me and my girlfriend to enjoy a classic Italian meal in a traditional Italian style - slow service, great atmosphere and simple, tasty food. anyone who has eaten in Italy will know this is exactly what Italian restaurants are like! so enjoy it...without the expensive flight to Mil