It is easy to find an Italian restaurant, but discovering a good Italian restaurant is harder to come by. Tucked cosily in the warren of New Acton, Bicicletta is an Italian trattoria whose ethos is as patriotic as a margherita pizza.
A relaxed, trattoria style vibe, Bicicletta is all about being engulfed in a busy and energetic buzz of a dining hall. It has the eclectic fit out to match; industrial undertones with metal light fittings, concrete and shiny tiles are mish-mashed with dark brown leather seats, stained glass, wooden panels and a giant painted mural depicting Italian produce and bicycles. Smooth jazz music fills the ears while you are wistfully distracted by the charming cartoon sketch of a man on a bicycle hand drawn onto every table setting.
True to its Italian trattoria style, Bicicletta’s menu is extensive, has something for everyone and won’t leave you hungry.
Start off your Italian culinary journey with something on the entrée or salad menu. Arancini, mushroom crochettes or the caprese salad are all tasty and not too filling, leaving room for a delicious pasta.
The Spaghetti ai frutti mare is a standout of the pasta selection, a tangle of long spaghetti strands tossed elegantly through a luscious sauce and medley of juicy seafood.
With an emphasis on flavour combinations rather than the amount of ingredients that can physically fit on a base, Bicicletta’s pizzas are mouth-wateringly memorable, but if pizza or pasta don’t take your fancy there are also a number of hearty and meaty mains to choose from such as the slow cooked duck with plum sauce.
Assured of consistently delicious food and relaxed atmosphere, Bicicletta is a little slice of Italy right on your doorstep.