Is food and fashion a match made in a Ramsay kitchen or a backstreet gutter? If the tabloids are to be believed, the two are mutually exclusive, and the more fashion conscious someone gets, the less interested in food they become. OK, so they might still be seen in the finest restaurants sporting the latest clobber, but a salad with no dressing will probably be the order of the day. However, The Westfield Centre, the new Mecca for all things fashion, would probably beg to differ, with its mind boggling 49 restaurants to feed hungry fashionistas.
Kitchen Italia is a contemporary twist on a traditional Italian cantina, combining contemporary design with a buzzy atmosphere and communal benches. The all-day eatery specialises in regional Italian pastas paired with authentic homemade sauces and provides an extensive quick service menu.
My unapologetically vegetarian dining companion started with moorish Parmesan & Mozzarella Risotto balls, whilst I had a disappointingly chewy Salt & Pepper Squid dish which Wrigley’s would have been proud of. I moved onto a delicious Mafaldine with Spicey Sausage, which provided a satisfying kick. The Trofie with Pesto was drenched in pesto and had a pleasant flavour, although Ms Veg gave it an extra flavour boost with the addition of the Margufa oils and grated Parmesan readily available on the table.
Portion sizes were generous and as far as shopping centre dining goes, it’s certainly a few levels up from the norm. They also have some great juices which serve as a refreshing pick-me-up for another round of shopping. Good effort.
Food – 3/5
Venue – 3/5
Value – 3.5/5
Cuisine type – Italian pasta
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £35
Wine – £4
London W12 7GB