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C’Alice, Fulham, London: restaurant review

Read our review of C'Alice in Fulham, London, a wine bar and restaurant serving fine Italian wines and homemade pasta dishes with a neighbourhood feel

In a nutshell

This new Italian restaurant and wine bar from husband and wife team Alice Ravelli and Giovanni Di Stefano fits in well with the neighbourhood vibe of Fulham’s Munster Road.

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Menu know how

Start with an aperitif (homemade peach purée bellini or classic Aperol spritz) and graze on Italian antipasti, including pan-fried scallops, arancini or the cured meat and cheese boards.

We suggest sharing one of the homemade pasta dishes (swordfish paccheri, seafood spaghetti and Italian sausage strozzaprety) before moving on to mains such as poppy seed baked salmon, sirloin steak tagliata with caramelized shallots and ossobuco with Milanese risotto.


Menu must orders and misfires

Arancini served in chip shop style frying baskets were a bit claggy, but a slate board of cured meats held up to Italy’s impeccable reputation – Sardinian prosciutto crudo di Desulo; smoked speck from the north; melt-in-the-mouth salami from Milan; and salsiccia di desulo, an intense sausage from Sardinia.

Seafood spaghetti ‘al cartoccio’ was carefully wrapped in foil to keep warm, so that when opened steam rose up from mussels and clams in a light tomato sauce. Thick strozzapreti pasta was a delicious base for broccoli florets and salty luganiga sausage from Venice.

Seasonal mains shone – tender rack of lamb in a deep Barolo red wine sauce was served with crisp and buttery dauphinoise potatoes, and rare pink tuna steak was soft and beautifully cooked with a Sicilian pistachio crust.

Go traditional with dessert and order indulgent tiramisu with a boozy hit, a sprinkling of cocoa powder and a tiny kumquat to cut through the intensely creamy texture.


The drinks

Aperitifs are a must. Bellinis are made with homemade peach purée and floral Ca’ del Console Prosecco, while the C’Alice spritzer is a refreshing mix of prosecco, Saint Germain elderflower liqueur and soda water, lifted with fresh mint and lime.

The wine list is excellent. Try fruity and fragrant Grillo from Sicily or light and refreshing Pinot Grigio from the north of Italy. The waiters are all well informed when it comes to the wine, so we suggest experimenting with one of their suggestions.


What’s the room like?

The front of the restaurant serves as a wine bar, and the window stools are ideal for perching on while you watch the world go by. Pass through the buzzy bar, complete with friendly neighbourhood feel, to the small, elegantly dressed dining room.

Funky coloured chairs give light wooden tables and floors a contemporary feel. Multiple wine glasses line the tables, ready to be filled with Italian pinot grigios, barolos and sangioveses from the impressive wine library that you can see from the restaurant.


Our verdict

With new Italian wine discoveries and thoughtful cooking in a buzzy and contemporary setting, this neighbourhood spot is a great addition to South West London.

Written by Alex Crossley

First published July 2016


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