Party Earth Review With locations all over the world and a proprietor who seems to have met every Hollywood actor on the planet, Ciro’s Pomodoro is a little slice of Italy that attracts a diverse clientele in need of a carbo-heavy bite before... ... read full review
51 Beauchamp Place
London SW3 1NY
Piccadilly Line: Knightsbridge; Circle, District, Piccadilly Lines: South Kensington
020 7589 1278
Mayfair / Knightsbridge, London –
With locations all over the world and a proprietor who seems to have met every Hollywood actor on the planet, Ciro’s Pomodoro is a little slice of Italy that attracts a diverse clientele in need of a carbo-heavy bite before hitting the town.
Loyal regulars and tourists who visit the venue’s outpost in the chic Knightsbridge neighborhood descend a long, steep stairway into a dim basement dining room, where the tables are crammed into every available space and every item on the menu highlights a celebrity favorite (Sean Connery was apparently a big fan of the seafood pizza).
Walls covered in photos of the owner posing with famous patrons from Mickey Rourke to Michael Bolton – and even one of Dolph Lundgren singing karaoke with Jerry Springer – offer fodder for conversation, while a modest stage hosts bands, singers, and solo musicians and the wait staff often grooves to “That’s Amore” as they serve the lively patrons.
New guests shouldn’t be surprised to find themselves drawn into a group of older Italian expats swapping stories or sharing rounds of beer with university students pre-clubbing in the West End.
And then there’s the Elvis impersonator who stops in periodically...doing Elvis stuff.
Such is the variety at Ciro’s, where everyone feels like they’re a part of the family. Prego!
Tourists of every ilk, West End clubbers, affluent Knightsbridge locals, Italian expats, and loyal regulars, 20s to 60s.
Rotating schedule of rock, pop, soul, Spanish Flamenco, Arabic, jazz musicians, singers, and the occasional Elvis.
Pizzas, a few pasta dishes, and a variety of salads.
Appetizers £4–£14, pizzas £8–£17, entrées £12.50–£16. Beer £4, wine £4.50–£8.50/glass or £18.50+/bottle, cocktails £12.50, champagne £9.50/glass or £49.50+/bottle.
Smart casual to club garb: jeans, button-downs, dresses, fitted mini-dresses, studded shirts.
Any time for a busy scene, though Saturday nights are the most packed with the pre-club crowd.
Maroush (38 Beauchamp Place) is a swanky restaurant that manages to cater to just about everyone with great specials and varying vibes.