REVIEW: C’Alice, Fulham Broadway
WHAT? Before you ask, it’s pronounced “kah-lee-che”, and it means ‘chalice’ in Italian – as well as nodding to one of the owners’ names – Alice Ravelli, who opened this new Italian restaurant in Fulham with Giovanni Di Stefano a month ago. A family-run, neighbourhood affair, the subtly traditional decor (we loved the open wine cellar towards the rear) means relaxed couples are just as comfortable here as larger groups (including their adorable dogs, more than welcome to snooze under the table).
The menu comprises ‘Snacks’ (try the pan-fried scallops in zingy grapefruit juice), then ‘First Courses’, where we found room for a new seabass dish, with impossibly fresh pasta. ‘Second Courses’ are abundant – get the Tonno as pistachio di Bronte (fresh tuna steak in Sicillian Bronte pistachio crust) or steak tagliata. For dessert, there’s traditional homemade Tiramisu and Italian ice cream – and a heady choice of Grappa and digestifs.
WHY GO? The quality of the wine producers is something to shout about (Gaja, Sassicaia, Tignanello), plus Sicilian (Donnafugata, Tasca d’Almerita, and others) and Sparkling Franciacorta (Ca’ del Bosco), with periodic tastings to help you find your favourite.
HOW MUCH: Antipasti starts from £6.50, (large) first courses from £12, mains from £16