When dining out in London, few areas shine so brightly as the West End and Melanie Italian Restaurant. Whether you’re searching for a city centre business lunch, a pre-theatre meal or a special event for the whole family, it’s always a good idea to head down to Soho for a bite to eat, and on Old Compton Street, Melanie Restaurant is a Neapolitan restaurant at the heart of London’s Italian district that’s been serving divine, authentic fare and pleasing locals for years.
Melanie Italian Restaurant sets itself apart from the wider Italian community of Soho, specialising as it does in the food of the southern city of Naples. They bring a twist on the classical dishes of the Italian canon, providing an experience unlike any other in the West End, so we recommend expanding your options within London’s theatre district by heading down to Melanie Restaurant Old Compton Street to find out what the fuss is all about. If you need more convincing, let us talk you through their menu.
When you order at Melanie Restaurant Soho, begin with pane to share – garlic bread or crostini – before choosing from the antipasti menu. We’d go for the calamari, though soup is a popular option as well. A pasta course to follow is always a good idea, and their arrabbiata is a fine example of the spicier cooking associated with Naples. The southern Italian city is the home of pizza, and the selection here is extensive, though the Napoletana is the obvious favourite as an authentic example of what Napoli has to offer. We’d finish off with a limoncello of course, before taking our place in one of the palaces of London’s West End theatreland or a Soho dive bar to digest proceedings.
The food and friendly service was excellent. We had guests from Switzerland who thoroughly enjoyed the experience who insisted when they are next in London they wil certainly book a table at Melanie's restaurant.
Excellent meal - ideal for pre Theatre. Quick service and lovely food. We have been a few times now and always a pleasure to visit.
Had a very pleasant evening with two of my sons. I have already got a table booked for Fathers day for all of them, food was excellent as was the service, nice atmosphere.