Situated a few minutes walk from Sloane Square station, is the discreet and intimate dining experience, Tinello. The décor is chic and relaxed with friendly and delightfully authentic Italian staff. If you’re into your wine, Tinello is going to be a dream location with an extensive 13 page drinks menu, occupied mostly by a variety of wines. If wine doesn’t tickle your fancy there are two beer options, from Sardinia and Romania respectively, or a decent option of spirits, juices and liqueurs. For the more fabulous drinkers there was a disappointing lack of cocktails for such a heavy drinks menu.
For a starter we opted for Burrata cheese, made from mozzarella and cream, with tomato bread and the most heavenly olive oil drizzled on top, as well as Squid, chickpeas, potatoes and chilli stew which was the perfect light starter, seasoned very well. Whilst congratulating ourselves for our excellent light eat options we wouldn’t help notice an abundance of Zucchini frittes being ferried about, on closer inspection nearly every table in sight had a bowl of these mysterious treats on them. Never one to miss out on good food, we ordered them and were more than happy to be included in the fritte group as they were incredible. Shaved into skinny French fry shapes, very long and thin, and then deep fried in a starchy batter which gave them a potato undertone to the courgette goodness.
What began well continued with the next gastronomic dish, for mains we ordered the Gnocchi with Norfolk asparagus. The gnocchi was small in size, measuring about a cm squared but full in flavour as the potato dumplings literally melt in your mouth. In replacement of the menu regular Char grilled Cornish herrings, "pappa al pomodoro", was mackerel. A shame really as the mackerel was cooked to absolute perfection. The fish lay on a bed of bread which had soaked up the tomato sauce, a clever trick really as it meant that every mouthful of fish was accompanied by a sauce soaked piece of bread that burst flavour into your mouth with every bite. No sauce escaping off this plate!
Another menu change meant that the Coconut and lime semifreddo, chocolate brownie, mix berries I had been ready to order all night was no longer available and was replaced with Panecote with poached peaches. Determined to try out the new intruding dolci, the panacote was chosen. All was readily forgiven upon the first bite into the creamy, sweet, perfection topped with two juicy peach halves which gave a sharp edge to the smooth panecote. For those looking to indulge in a menu non changer The Handbook recommends the rich Chocolate tart with pistacchio ice cream.
The chef came out to offer us a fortified wine, ready to knock your socks off, served with sweet almond biscotti to end the evening. Tinello is a truly great dining experience for anyone that enjoys great Italian food or just great food in general.