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Il Castelletto

Italian Restaurant
17 Bury Place, London, GREATER LONDON WC1A 2JB 17 Bury Place, London Directions
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Italian, Pizza
  • Meals
    Lunch
  • Price
    £15-£30
  • Hours
    Sun
    Closed
    Mon-Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    Italian, Pizza
  • Meals
    Lunch
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
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From Our Editors

Conveniently placed to refuel weary London sightseers, Il Castelletto serves traditional Italian cuisine from its base next to the British Museum, a five-minute walk from Holborn tube station. The menu features pasta and risotto dishes, alongside chicken, beef, veal and fish options, salads, soups and appetisers.

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Report | 7 days ago
Restaurant is quite small but food was very good. We both thoroughly enjoyed all 3 courses.
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Report | 20 days ago
The lasagne is delicious. The service was excellent and we were made to feel welcome.
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Report | 20 days ago
Not friendly
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Report | 23 days ago
As a warning to other buyers, the menu given on arrival didn't include all the options mentioned in the voucher, namely seafood dishes. Also tried to charge us extra 5£ for the chicken with mushroom sauce, when it's not specified anywhere on the voucher about any surcharge on any dishes. I refused to pay. Average food. Would never pay full price. First waiter that came to serve us unpleasant.
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Report | a month ago
We booked this specific voucher/restaurant due to the location & food options available. Upon arrival we were given a different menu- half the options from the voucher weren't on the set menu. We were told, rather rudely that we had to order from the set menu- very disappointing. The voucher CLEARLY stated the dishes that were included in the deal. This wasn't the case when you actually get there. Also told that if we wanted any meat option there was a £5 surcharge, again not stated on the voucher. The food was ok, but nothing extraordinary. Mushroom starter was undercooked and cold. Waitress seemed quite annoyed at having to serve us and was moody throughout. Out of the two options we had for dessert, there was only one available. Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend or return.
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Report | 3 months ago
Considering the price ok. Ambience lacking and food adequate. Would have been disappointed if we had paid normal prices.
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Report | 3 months ago
Groupon. Great value and really authentic food. Fast service.
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Report | 3 months ago
It’s ok. We’ve been to a lot better!!! All felt a bit rushed and unc
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Report | 3 months ago
We can only assume from all the positive reviews, that this restaurant has new management and kitchen staff? This is not a one-off 'we had a bad meal review', it is not possible that anything coming out of this kitchen in the near future, is anything that you would call close to Italian cuisine! The mere surprise that the starters arrived almost immediately after ordering, was either down to the 'chef'-come clairvoyant's crystal ball, or food that is very much pre-prepped and 'ready to go'. Sure enough, just as soon as we had finished our starters (including a pretty poor attempt at bruschetta), the crystal ball kicked in again and the porridge porcini risotto and piping hot chicken arrived... It was verging on one plate being replaced with another (we didn't hear the microwave ding from where we were, so assuming there's a mute function these days with current technology, or the downstairs kitchen is out of earshot). We very much appreciate ordering through Groupon often receives a reduced menu (and potentially surcharges on some courses offered), but please be aware Groupon users, that you will pay £5 or £10 more for any main course that is not over-cooked pasta or microwaved pre-prepped risotto. We have eaten in many Italian restaurants that offer a reduced Groupon menu, with simple starters and perfectly cooked mains. I left all but a few mouthfuls of the risotto. My boyfriend's '£5 surchage' chicken came with mixed veg that although fresh, were completely tasteless and managed to appear like another freezer-to-microwave turn from the magicians in the kitchen! We would absolutely welcome the Sardinian owner to get in touch (we'll certainly be in touch with you) to maybe check your restaurant and menus a few times a year. There were so many spelling errors on the Groupon menu, it appeared quite obvious those preparing it, both did not speak Italian, or understand basic Italian cuisine (no h in funghi, no h in bruschetta were two notable examples). Any respecting Italian would not be letting this food come out of their restaurant - even if you're trying to make some quick cash out of the multitudes of tourists. We are disappointed to find this establishment ranks above the top 2000 Italian restaurants out of 2002 currently on Tripadvisor. There are undoubtedly plenty of other 'tourist sharks' out there. Whilst the waitress was perfectly nice through all our complaints and suggestions that risotto cannot possibly arrive in 2mins if cooked properly and questions about how orders can arrive so quickly, it did all make us feel that Gordon Ramsey wouldn't have to work hard to produce an excellent episode here! As a three course offering, we were honestly out of the restaurant in around 20mins - admittedly, we did ask for the bill and the tiramisu to go. We really didn't believe it would be worth waiting for, took one look and saw all we needed to... In case anyone thinks this review is another Italian saying 'the food in England is not as good as in Italy'... here's the 'Englishman's perspective from my boyfriend': The best comparison I can make is that Il Castelletto is like a road-side cafe or Costco attempting 'Italian' offerings. At least with both of these establishments, their 'Italian-themed fayre would likely be on full view, for you to decide, whether or not you want to engage in tackling it.. Whilst this review is tongue-in-cheek, we were seriously thoroughly disappointed and will never-ever even consider setting foot in this so-called restaurant again.
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Report | 4 months ago
Friendly service, nice ambience, food straightforward, not exciting but nice.
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