If you are looking for an authentic Italian meal, then Elistano in Chelsea is the perfect restaurant for you, it is conveniently located at the intersection of Elystan Street and Petyward and is not far from South Kensington and Sloane square tube stations.
The restaurant itself is small and intimate. The décor is uncomplicated and it is obvious the emphasis is on the quality of the food, an advantage that the restaurant should play on. The clientele included a couple on their date, a group of friends and a family with school aged children, so perfect for everyone.
Newly appointed Head Chef, Daniele Urbani, has designed a menu that offers an authentic Italian experience. The menu is straightforward and offers pizza, pasta, risotto and a selection of meat dishes.
To start, my dining companion and I ordered a selection of cured meat to share. With the olives, bread and oils, this made a tasty starter. The meats were flavoursome and there were a good selection to choose from.
For our main I chose Linguine with clams and Cherry Tomatoes. This dish was well presented and was full of flavour, again there were plenty of clams and they added texture and tang to the dish. My dining companion ordered pan-fried king prawns in white wine chili and garlic sauce; she was very complimentary and would definitely eat it again.
For dessert I had pannacotta, chocolate Ice-cream & caramel, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The pannacotta was perfectly flavoured with vanilla and the chocolate ice cream offered the perfect side. My dining companion indulged in a lemon sorbet dessert, which tingled in the mouth.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to dine out around the Chelsea area, although small and uncomplicated, it offers a feel good atmosphere with good food and inexpensive wine. The staff were friendly and the service was good. When I imagine an Italian restaurant this would be it and it is definitely worth a visit!
Written by Amy Harrison