Take a timeout

I work in Fitzrovia, which for those of you who don’t know is media-central just north of Oxford Street. It’s buzzy and vibrant and there are more than enough bars, restaurants, cafes and sandwich shops to tickle your fancy..one of those places is the cute and relatively unobtrusive Sardo Cucina.

Sardo Cucina is an Italian coffee shop – an offshoot of the original Sardo Canale restaurant based in Primrose Hill. It’s perfect for a quick coffee or for grabbing some freshly made pasta, a slice of pizza or a panini. Small, but perfectly formed – it even provides Italian newspapers for the customers – a sure sign that even native speakers themselves frequent this coffee shop.

I visited on a sunny afternoon and it was a great way to escape the bustle of the main streets and take a time-out during a busy day. We tried the torta di riso (rice cake) which is a bit of a speciality. It is unusual, but delicious to taste – composed of risotto rice and rice flour which creates its unique flavour. Delicious.

So next time you’re looking for some peace and quiet and some good food, try Sardo!

(Sardo Cucina, 110 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 5EE.)

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