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71 Central Street, London EC1V 8AB, United Kingdom

Bars, Old Street

  • Capacity: 60

Palatino is named after one of the seven ancient hills of Rome – and the classic Hermann Zapf Italian typeface that has been incorporated into the restaurant’s beautiful graphic ID by renowned agency Here Design. It offers simple, elegant and tasty dishes, many of them based on chef, Stevie Parle’s own memories of obsessing over pizza bianco or revisiting classic restaurants like Piperno, on the edge of the Jewish quarter, for another taste of their artichokes served whole and crispy.

Palatino’s open kitchen is designed around three core elements: a fresh pasta machine; a wood burning grill for an array of meat dishes and a stone oven for fresh pizza bianco and pastries.

Dishes will range from creations based on ancient Roman recipes – themselves a product of Rome’s diverse cultural and culinary history – through to more contemporary offerings; all given the Stevie Parle treatment. Thus traditional dishes such as fried sage & apple with honey and chicken & pistachio meatballs with polenta & squash (a nod to the city’s centuries-old Jewish community) will sit alongside the likes of native lobster, chilli & fennel with fried potatoes and Stevie’s very 21st century take on the choc ice, chocolate tartufo, cherry & whipped cream.

Pasta lovers will be in for a particular treat. Freshly made on site each day, and set to become house specialities, will be such hearty creations as bombolotti ragu Palatino; bucatini Amatriciana and maltagliati with red mullet & tomato.


Opening times

Lunch: Mon – Sat 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: Mon – Sat 5.30pm – 10pm

(A light food menu is available throughout the day 12pm – 10pm)

Cuisine type

Italian, Rome specifically

3 things to try when you’re there

Gnocchi alla Romana

Chicken & pistachio meatballs, polenta

Ravioli squash and spinach