Style:

Italian from the good old days – this is a real, time-tested establishment that has been cooking up the favourites just like mama makes ’em since 1928.

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Tagliatelle New York, with a Pizza in the background

Best for:

Sealing a business deal, a catch up lunch with friends.

What we ate:

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Pepper stuffed with sausage

The two course lunch menu for £11.95, with a generous helping of focaccia and arrabbiata sauce.

Starters: Gamberoni alla Farfalla & Peperoni Ripieni (that’s crispy prawns and stuffed peppers to you and I).

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Fried Butterfly Prawns

Mains: Pasta ruled the table with a Carbonara, Tagliatelle New York and Tagliatelle con Salsicca e Funghi – with one pizza covered in double mozzarella, mushrooms and black olives for the cheese addict.

Dessert: It was a struggle after the generous portions, but we successfully demolished a Tiramisu without leaving a crumb. We did leave with half the pizza in a box, though.

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Tiramisu

What we drank:

Several Blood Orange San Pellegrino, coffee (plus a pint and a glass of house red, but don’t tell the boss)

Verdict:

At less than £20 a head, this is the perfect mix of affordability with a pleasant, lively atmosphere and good, wholesome food. The lunch menu allows you to pick from nearly all the pastas, and choose your own pizza toppings, as well as a few à la carte options. Highlights were the stuffed peppers, but everything was tasty and delivered with great service. Two courses were just about completed within an hour, so if you can resist the dessert menu (we couldn’t) then this is a reliable spot for a business lunch. Make sure you get your reservation in, though – nearly all the tables were full throughout our visit!

Visit their website here – and find out for yourself. Thanks, Coia’s!