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Spaccanapoli Covent Garden

Those of you that read my Blogging Goals for 2017 post will be aware that one of my goals was to eat my way around more London restaurants.  I have of course be revisiting old favourites but now have a new restaurant under my belt to tell you all about.  My friend and I recently braved the cold weather and ventured out to a restaurant located in Covent Garden called Spaccanapoli.  There seem to be a cluster of restaurants in the area where this particular restaurant was which all had large floor to ceiling glass windows making them look very inviting.

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The restaurant we visited had two tables occupied on our arrival and during the time we spent there only one other group of guests come along to dine.  The seating was comfortable, roomy yet the restaurant was small and there was a nice relaxed atmosphere.

This particular meal was prepaid by us online, it was a deal found on the groupon site.  The offer was for the following:

Choice of starters includes: platter of Napoli prosciutto and salami | Toasted bread with tomatoes, garlic and basil | mixed grilled vegetables.

Choice of mains includes: gnocchi | lasagna | penne Siciliana | pizza margherita with tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies and oregano | pizza Americana with salami, tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan and basil | pizza vegetariana with tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, courgettes & mozzarella).

Apolina, a white or dark chocolate Italian treat will be served as a dessert.

Deal also includes a glass of house red or white wine each.

The waiter seemed friendly enough and flitted from table to table assisting the customers before vanishing off into the kitchen.

The menu was varied enough for the price and should you prefer you can swap your wine for a soft drink.

The House White

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This wine was palatable and went well with my meal although it did look more like a half glass than a full one.

The Starter

Platter of Napoli Prosciutto and Salami

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The cut was very thin and the Prosciutto was pretty fatty as you can see from the picture.  The bread was warm on arrival which was nice.  I would have preferred if the salami used looked a bit more appealing and less anaemic the picture gives the salami a redder colour then it actually had.  You can get such a lovely range of salamis that are not expensive from the supermarkets that look more appealing than those we were served.  The portion size for a starter was more than adequate.

The Main

Lasagna

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The lasagna came out sizzling and looked very nice.  The portion size was good and there was plenty of mince inside but the lasagna itself needed more flavour.

Dessert

This was extremely disappointing.  We would have liked something a little more substantial and we were not given the option of white or dark chocolate.  Instead we were given a glass that had something that we were told was caramel dessert which tasted a big like angel delight but with a thinner runnier consistency.  It was edible but I would have preferred a glass with tiramisu.

Spaccanapoli4For £19.95 for two people this wasn’t bad but I wouldn’t venture there again for this particular meal but the pizza did look good so maybe I just chose the wrong thing.  The price is reasonable and I think that if I was to venture there again I would probably go for the Bruschetta and a pizza.

Have you tried Spaccanapoli yet?

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This Post Has 107 Comments

  1. This looks like such a great restaurant! I love prosciutto and salami shame yours wasn’t as good as you had expected!

    1. The restaurant and staff were good. I think the dishes we chose were just not the best.

  2. This sounds like a bit of a disappointment though as you said perhaps the other items are better. The price for two is good, but when you leave not happy with your meal sometimes the price doesn’t matter that much. The dessert certainly does look portion is awfully small and doesn’t look very appetizing, though it’s hard to tell what it is just by looking at it.

    1. I do think they should up the price and improve the food to retain customers.

  3. Such a shame that the desert was so disappointing and that they were meager with their portions of wine. Still at least the menu was varied x

    1. Yes that was a positive, we may try something else if we revisit.

  4. Oh my, that does look delicious. I’m not a fan on pizza, or lasagne for that matter, but that picture has made my mouth water.

    1. It does look good. I wish it had more flavour.

  5. All the dishes looks yummyy… I feel like eating them now

    1. It did look good! 😉

  6. This is such an amazing review! I’m in awe of how thorough you were. You should definitely go back at some point and do a “re-vamp” of this post. I’d love to see if you have a better experience with the pizza!
    XO Char.

    1. I might have to give that a go I would hope that would be better.

  7. I haven’t been to this restaurant. The pizza does sound good and that’s probably what i would order x

    1. That’s on my list for another time if we venture back there.

  8. This sounds like my kinda good! I love the look of that lasagne. Just wow! X

    1. Shame it didn’t taste as good as it looked.

  9. Yey! Congrats on this! I too make it a point to try different restaurants and dishes once in a while. In that way we go to taste different cuisines. There might be a wow moments but don’t forget that it can be sometimes disappointing. Be ready for that.

    1. It wasn’t the worst and I do think a that price it’s worth a second chance. I will try another dish next time.

  10. Considering it was a Groupon deal the choice of things you could have is quite nice x

    1. The choice is good although they did compromise on quality. They should have increased the amount a bit and provided better quality food.

  11. I’ve not tried Spaccanapoli before but it looks fab, I’ll have to give it a go next time I’m in Covent Garden but try the pizza x

    1. That’s a good idea enjoy x

  12. Oooh I do love a good Italian restaurant. I will keep this one in mind next time we are that way but will try the pizza.

    1. Good idea Dannii, enjoy 😉

  13. Im such an Italian lover. The platter at the start is so me and something i would have chosen myself, yum. I don’t tend to pick Lasagne when Im out and im not sure why as I love it, yours looks so good 🙂

    1. It did look good. I think with just a few tweaks they could easily improve it! 😉

  14. I hoped for good things from the menu but the salami does look a bit lack lustre! The lasagne looked a bit more lively at least! X

    1. It does look like it has more life in it, shame it didn’t have much flavour.

  15. I’ve been here and loved the pizza, maybe you just picked the wrong thing, although the lasagne does look lovely too. Jo x

    1. It’s a shame we hadn’t been aware. There might have to be a revisit for pizza lol. Thanks Jo 😉

  16. I have never thought to look on voucher websites for a good meal deal. The food looks really tasty shame about the dessert I personally would of complained about this x

    1. It was disappointing but then by that stage it had been a pretty long day so we were ready to get home and get some much needed sleep.

  17. Great goal haha! I’m going to join you on that.

    1. It is a great idea isn’t it!!!!! 😉

    1. It doesn’t look very appealing does it.

  18. It looks nice but the portions seem very small

    1. The portions were not actually too bad we didn’t feel hungry when we left luckily but the food could have been much better.

  19. I love Italian restaurants, it’s a shame the dessert wasn’t more impressive.

    1. I know it’s sometimes my favourite part but this wasn’t worth the calorie intake ;-(

  20. One of the reasons I use Groupon is to find out if a restaurant is any good without paying a fortune. I have had some fabulous meals and some not so good. It sounds as though you came across one of the not so good examples. I will avoid this one next time I’m in London.

    1. The food wasn’t the best although the pizzas that had been ordered by others did look nice.

  21. The price was pretty good for two people, and I’m glad it had quite a few nice vegetarian options. Would have been ice to have a choice of at least two puddings though

    1. Yes, I think that might have been a better idea. The price is good but then the food quality was compromised a little too much unfortunately.

  22. This place looks lovely but too bad you weren’t that impressed! Although I’m glad a meat platter was on the menu for starters, it’s very rare to get something like that near me!

    1. I would love to revisit and maybe try a pizza next time as it is a nice restaurant.

  23. Looks lovely, shame it was a bit of a disappointment but it’s really good value so might be worth a return visit to try something else. The menu looks pretty good

    1. It was great value, that can’t be argued. Pizza next time 😉

  24. I would like to visit this restaurant purely for the name! Love it! However its a shame you didn’t enjoy your meal, perhaps you did make a bad choice and it would be worthwhile trying something else xxx

    1. It does have a great sounding name doesn’t it Laura 😉

  25. It is so rare we go into central london to eat as we have so much on our doorstep,but that lasagna looks amazing, shame it didn’t taste so good.!

    1. It’s great to hear you have lots of local restaurants to keep you busy.

  26. It sounds like you had a few disappointments that evening. I would have been disappointed by that dessert too, no doubt about that! You’d also expect lasagne in an Italian restaurant to be bursting with flavours! Thanks for sharing this honest review.

    1. Thanks for your comment Mel. I think it’s good to see reviews of restaurants before you go so hope to write as many as possible.

  27. wow, sounds so lovely, what a nice night out, sounds so nice 🙂 x

    1. I as a nice location 😉

  28. Oh, I never never tried this but your food looked so yummy!

    1. The lasagna looked great, i don’t think it would take much to improve it.

  29. To be fair, the price is pretty good so maybe head back and get the pizza!

    1. The price was good and we are considering returning for pizza 😉

  30. I do worry that you don’t get full portions or the sane standard when you buy off deal sites. The lasagne looks lovely x

    1. I have heard people a sometimes treated differently when they have discount vouchers.

  31. This restaurant looks really good! I loovee Italian food!

    1. I do love Italian food too although it can be a bit hit and miss depending on where you go.

  32. It’s such a shame that this wasn’t quite what you hoped for. I LOVE caramel and probably would have ordered that dessert too, I think I’ll have to stick to regular Angel Delight ;)!

    1. Unfortunately we weren’t give a choice although there was a choice on the menu. The waiter brought it over to us without mentioning the chocolate options.

  33. The food looks great! I’m in London in a few weeks so may check this place out..

    1. Enjoy Luke 😉

  34. I’d love to try out the pizza at spaccanapoli… and the ghoncci! The menu looks awesome!

    1. The pizza did look good so I’d say give that a try. Enjoy!

  35. Wow what an amazing looking place, I’ll have to give them a visit next time I’m in Covent Garden x

    1. It is great value for money just be careful what you pick 😉

  36. It looks like a lovely place, shame the food wasn’t up to par! There’s so many great restaurants in Covent Garden but I’ve not come across this one! xo

    1. There are loads to choose from there. I need to try more.

  37. Looks like a nice classy restaurant, I bet it is rather expensive being in Covent Garden

    1. It was very well priced with the offer.

  38. Looks like a really nice restaurant and I would love to go there if I was in London

    1. It is a lovely restaurant to visit. I would just be careful what I ordered.

  39. Looks very posh inside and the menu looks great too¬

    1. The appearance and menu are both very good.

  40. wow this looks amazing – somewhere I would love to try one day but I will try the pizza.

    1. Enjoy Heather, their pizza looks great.

  41. I am sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your meal so much. Perhaps it would be best to stick to pizza next time! 🙂

    1. I’m thinking of trying the normal menu maybe and trying a range with friends instead.

  42. Sounds like a nice restaurant I have never been before. Shame about the dessert though

    1. I think they need to change that dessert it really is disappointing.

  43. I haven’t heard of this restaurant. The menu sounds ok, but it seems a bit pricey even for central London. Maybe if I’m really hungry I’ll try it.

    1. Price wise it’s good on the offer but be careful what you choose. I think pizza is a safe bet.

  44. I always prefer pizza, it’s a shame the meal wasn’t as good as you had hoped.

    1. I should have gone for pizza damn it, lol 😉

  45. The lasagna looks so nice. I love lasagna but my partner always adds to much cheese!

  46. I dont think i would have been impressed with the portion sizes although the lasagne looks nice x

    1. It was surprisingly filling it just didn’t have much flavour unfortunately.

  47. This looks and sounds amazing, very nice restaurant

  48. ive heard good things about here so i deffo need to try

    1. Enjoy Gemma. I need to revisit and try something else.

  49. That lasagne looks absolutely divine. It’s making me hungry right now, shame it wasn’t as good as you hoped.

    1. It was a bit of a let down but you can’t get it right all the time.

  50. I’ve been to Covent Garden but don’t think I have eaten there.

    1. It isn’t in the main part it was a little further out but there were about 8 or so restaurants there and it looked like a busy area.

  51. I think sometimes places like this need the negative comments as well as the positive to make improvements

    1. That’s true it does help let them know where improvement can be made.

  52. Looks like a great place to eat. I love Italian food and we regularly go to a local restaurant here.

    1. It is a lovely restaurant. I want to visit some more in that area.

  53. It all sounded so good until the dessert, which to me, looks more that something you would have between courses x

    1. I must say that when I first saw it it reminded me of some our the kids early nappy contents lol 😉

  54. Oh no, it looks lovely but not worth going back if the food wasn’t very good quality, they are probably trying to compete with the others in the same area as you say there are a few plotted around it xx

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