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Getti (Bar, Restaurant)

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42 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5HD
Cuisine: Italian
Tel: 020 7486 3753 | Email to Getti | Transport: Baker Street | Write review

Getti Review

To visit Marylebone village is to escape central London without leaving. To the south heaves the suffocating throng of Oxford Street shoppers, trudging through the January sales in pursuit of that elusive beat-all bargain. To the north lies the Marylebone Road, an interminable parade of congestion charge-avoiding traffic and tourists ensconced in a queue for Madame Tussauds almost as static as the waxworks inside. Yet in the middle, Marylebone village remains blissfully immune to the surrounding chaos, serenely civilised in the eye of the central London storm. There are relatively few tourists and little traffic. There are shoppers, but of a more rarefied variety: the sort that elegantly peruse the local boutiques, independent furniture stores and organic food emporia, smugly secure in the knowledge that they are a cut above the riff-raff leaping over each other in the Top Shop sale just a few hundred yards down wind.

To sate the appetites of these refined palate, there are a range of eateries, including Italian restaurant Getti. Located near the Regent’s Park end of the High Street, Getti (pronounced Jetty, por favore) is perfectly positioned for passing shoppers to either break up their day with a light lunch, or round off their expedition by joining the local gentry for a hearty Italian dinner. With tables outside ideal for people-watching during the summer months, the view of the village from the inside contributes to the feeling of intimacy fostered by the relatively small ground floor dining area. Both belie the 90 seats available downstairs which, with several alcoves and a separate bar, are ideal for larger parties.

Getti is managed by Alessandro, a charismatic Sardinian who fizzes with all the Italian charm and infectious enthusiasm of a young Roberto Benigni as he greets every customer at the door like a dear old friend. As he shows us to our seats, initial impressions of Getti are good – the plain azzurro blue and white decor is somewhat subdued and lacking in Italian flair, but our prosecco aperitif is deliciously light, whilst an air of authenticity is provided by the group of Italians talking with typical expressiveness on the next table. It is always encouraging when you find real-life Italians eating in your Italian restaurant!

The menu is far from unique – aside from being identical to that of Getti’s other central London location (Jermyn Street, SW1), it is only the slightly higher prices and lack of any pizza option that distinguish the selection on offer from the average Italian chain restaurant. However, there is still just enough variety on offer to satisfy most tastes, and as we sipped the Rosso Delle Venezie that Alessandro had expertly chosen to compliment our meals, and tucked into our beautifully subtle starters (bruschetta with tomatoes and basil for my partner, exquisite figs with goats cheese, bacon and honey for myself), it seemed as if the ambiance and quality of food would provide more than sufficient compensation. Getti was living up to its motto of 'Semplice e Buona': simple and good.

That was until the main course arrived. My Costine d’Agnello con Rosmarino (grilled lamb cutlets with rosemary) were decent, but too heavy on the salt, too light on the rosemary, and too inconsistently cooked (one cutlet grilled to perfection, another noticeably overdone) to justify a price-tag that sat comfortably the wrong side of £20. My partner’s Risotto Asparagi e Gamberoni (king prawn and asparagus risotto) was cooked well but was so salty that she was unable to finish. The mixed salad was nice enough (if a little underdressed), but our side order of mange-tout would definitely have benefited from less time in the steamer, lacking the al dente crunch Italians value so much. It was a bizarre dip in quality for Getti, as even the music changed from pleasant background dinner jazz to unnecessarily overwrought cod-opera schmaltz.

Main course over, and with the easy-listening back on the stereo, I hoped normal service would resume for desserts. My partner’s mango sorbet was smooth and wonderfully refreshing after her saline main course, while my gorgeous tiramisu – particularly notable for the lightness of the mascarpone topping and richness of the coffee – was unrecognisable from the dollop of coffee flavoured cream stodge that is too-often passed off as tiramisu in some high street Italian chains.

Upon reflection then, an evening of mixed fortunes for Getti. That said, I can honestly say that by the time my partner and I had finished our Amaretto coffees and returned to the cultured civility of the Marylebone evening, the slight aberration of our mains was largely absent from our minds. Getti isn’t the best Italian restaurant in London, nor the cheapest of the chains. However, the surrounds are so pleasant, most of the food so tasty, and Alessandro so irresistibly charming, that Getti will not struggle to continue to pull in those passing boutique browsers, and contribute its own splash of Italy to the refined Englishness of Marylebone village. more

Customer Reviews for Getti

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“I had a lovely evening here - staff were really attentive, food was great, top marks for presentation. Could definitely be tempted to hire out the basement for a party!”
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Claire, Fulham (9 years 9 months 12 days ago)

“Really nice little Italian place - not cheap for what it is, but that's to be expected in Marylebone. Agree with the review, figs for starters were great!”
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Leonard Patrick, Angel (9 years 9 months 13 days ago)

“Terrific food and ambience. Rissotto was great. Recommend as a great place to eat.”
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will, london (11 years 9 months 24 days ago)

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Taittinger Brut NV
Taittinger Prestige rose NV
Kir royal
Cassi's & Champagne (125 ml)
Gin, Vodka, Whiskey (25 ml)
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Updated 26/01/2011

Getti Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Friday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:45pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm    

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