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Getti (Bar, Restaurant)

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16-17 Jermyn Street, Mayfair, London, SW1Y 6LT
Cuisine: Italian Average Price: £45.00
Tel: 020 7734 7334 | Email to Getti | Transport: Piccadilly Circus | Write review

Getti Review

Immediately upon receiving this latest review, I emailed my intended dining companion. The reply that pinged back read “Googled the website. Looks like PE.' Ahh, PE; not the latest high concept restaurant where communal showers and waiters wearing barely-there shorts are the norm (thank God), but ubiquitous pizza joint, Pizza Express.

We'd began abbreviating to PE as a labour-saving measure as we found ourselves planning ever more frequent visits (keep those vouchers coming, guys). Of course, the coding also hides the shame detailing our unimaginative dining choice. So Getti - up market Mayfair Italian or Pizza Express? Or to put it another way, PE or not PE? That is the question.

I looked at their website myself and saw exactly what my friend was getting at; tiled floor, check; waxy, large-leaved plants, check; blue upholstery, frosted glass, pale wood, checkety check check. Everything on the website revealed the kind of interior design that seems to be replacing the previous Italian restaurant cliché of chequered table clothes and empty carafes coated in dripped candle wax. Still, never one to judge a restaurant by its website, I decided to hold off on any further speculation. As popular as Pizza Express is, I’m not sure Getti would welcome the comparison.

For a start, there's not a slice of pizza on their menu. Instead, Getti favours classy meat and fish dishes, fancy-pants pastas and risottos. Also, while you wouldn't call Getti over-priced, it sure ain't pocket money cheap. Some mains cost over £20. So when I arrived, I ignored any dough ball flashbacks and buried my head in Getti's decent menu.

There was silence as we ran our eyes over the dishes, our chatter slowly abating. The Insalatina Di Calamaretti starter was a generous stack of tender calamari rings, served with shredded mange tout and a chilli-lemon dressing that packed a proper punch. My companion’s dish, the sauteed scallops, was among the best I've tasted, and the grilled courgettes were a fine accompaniment.

For the main, I was tempted by the Spaghetti All'Astice with half a lobster, cherry tomatoes, white wine, and fresh chilli but, feeling lazy, I opted for the less finicky Tagliatelle Ai Gamberoni, in the same sauce instead. The pasta was homemade and cooked al dente, and the prawns were the size of my little finger, but much tastier. Reports from the other side of the table gave the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara “satisfactorily cheesy, if a little light on the pancetta” remarks.

Dessert was where it got interesting. “Lets see if this is as good as my Mum's,” I was told, fiercely, as she gave the plenteous, cocoa-dusted portion of tiramisu a critical glance. It should be mentioned that my guest is Genuine Italian. Well, OK, she's third generation, and she can't speak a word of the language. She’s never even been to Italy. But her surname is Piovesana, and she was born in the Midlands which has a lot of canals, (you know, like Venice). What more do you want? Tension was in the air. Could Getti's tiramisu impress this de facto Brummy signorina? Could it be as good as Mama used to make? Stupid question, because nothing ever is, but allegedly the Getti chefs can rightfully claim second lineage to the tiramisu throne, just behind Mrs Piovesana.

Meanwhile, in my dessert selection I discovered something that's quickly become a favourite. As my Tartifufo Affogato Al Caffe arrived there was an air of performance as the waiter poured the steaming double espresso over a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Surely it would melt? But no, the ice cream remained solid and richly chocolaty, sat in a bath of hot, strong and fragrant coffee. That's science kids. For some, such an injection of caffeine late at night is a recipe for a bleary-eyed tomorrow, but I'm someone who snores in the face of insomnia, so for me it was a recipe for awesomeness. I plan to recreate the experience at home (although whether it will tick the same taste buds with own brand ice cream and Nescafe is unlikely).

The waiters who served us were either Genuine Italians or very good actors. All night they hovered, attentively topping up our glasses with the full flavoured Chianti (chosen from a very respectable wine list). The food was served quickly with our empty plates being swiftly replaced by the next course. While this may have been of benefit to our fellow diners who were rushing to catch a show at the Jermyn theatre next door, it would have been nice for us to linger a little longer. After all, as we learned to our chagrin, this was not Pizza Express. So there's the verdict: not PE, and all the better for it.
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“Getti is a real treat. I recommend going there before the theatre but book a table to make sure you aren't disappointed.”
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Jo, South London (8 years 9 months 4 days ago)

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