Lunch Fri-Sat noon-3pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10.30pm
Buon Ricordo exudes Italianness. Passion and professionalism exist in tension here, but Old World charm rules the day. Waiters are prepped for performance, as befits this price-point, with smart jackets and almost courtly deference to their patrons ("Madam and sir, can I take your order please?") and the place remains a firm favourite with the business and arts crowds. Owner Armando Percuoco is a vocal advocate for preserving Italian cooking tradition, and pasta and risotti are key strengths of his menu. Decadence rules in creamy fettuccine tossed with truffled egg and parmesan at the table, and in Taleggio cheese and pear risotto. Grilled spatchcock takes the prize over the braised lamb shoulder, the latter dominated by sheep's milk ricotta, where the former is balanced winningly by warm spice, olive oil and grilled peppers. Engage your waiter on the topic of sharing dishes, as the regulars do, for maximum satisfaction.