The truth is no one really expects greatness from a chain. Decent pastas? Sure. A recognisable menu item? You got it. Something to get excited about? Rarely. Except at this Italian spot on Hans Road. Owned by the San Carlo restaurant group and located directly by Harrods, Cicchetti has several things to get excited about. From the jazzed-up dining room that makes you feel like you’ve escaped Brompton Road and somehow landed in Venice, to the daydream-worthy truffle and pecorino ravioli, it’s more than worth your time. The food here is actually really great. The gorgonzola gnocchi, which arrives in a “baked parmesan basket”, is creamy and a real winner. As is the melanzane parmigiana—a rich tomato sauce with layers of tender aubergine and mozzarella. So the next time you’re in Knightsbridge, or even if you aren’t, this is a spot that should be on your radar.

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