Spaghetti House has been successful for the past 60 years and is going from strength to strength. This kind of longevity in the restaurant business is rare enough to be mentioned. From that day in 1955 when two Italian friends decided to invest into bringing Italian Cuisine to London, which in these days was a risky bet, till now, Spaghetti House has provided generations of Londoners with Italy's finest culinary traditions.
Though Parma ham figures on the menu all year round, in November Spaghetti House in association with the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma celebrates this much loved Italian treat. There is still time to tuck in a special Parma Ham menu at £11.95 for two courses.
The menu includes dishes such as Prosciutto di Parma e Fichi with roasted figs, almonds and wild Italian honey, Prosciutto di Parma with rosemary infused bubble bread, Merluzzo con Prosciutto di Parma e Lenticchie, - roast cod wrapped in Parma Ham with braised lentils, and Cappelletti Prosciutto di Parma e Panna – pasta hats filled with Parma Ham and gratinated cream sauce.
I was invited earlier in the month to partake in the celebrations. On arrival, we were greeted by a welcoming Buongiorno, followed by a complimentary plate of parma ham as offered to every diner, this month. A glass of Chardonnay was advised. A choice which wouldn't come naturally. However Parma ham with its sweet flavour and the crispness of Chardonnay is a marriage made in heaven.
While we were lunching, a group of 16 walked in and took their seats as they do every day. Regulars. It's easy to see why people come in regularly: meals are good value for money, every ingredient is quality, some freshly produced, some imported straight from Italy such as Sicilian Nocellara del Belice olives, others kept rustic such as the big chunk of mozarella.
Last but not least, acts of kindness take place at the Spaghetti House, remember the complimentary plate of Parma ham, there is also a free profiterole with the coffee. This is a tradition which I would happily see in every restaurant. Sadly the generosity doesn't extend to the speciality bread basket, another tradition adopted in many restaurant but this time not such an happy one.
Spaghetti house has 15 restaurants in London find their location here. The menu changes regularly at present.
Disclaimer: I was a guest for lunch at Spaghetti house, I was not required to review, all opinions expressed in this piece are my own.