It's not often I dine out for a vegetarian meal, let alone vegan, but my friends took me to a darling Italian restaurant on Oxford Street, the green living, green eating Amico Bio.
Instead of a traditional Italian bruschetta starter, fish main and ice cream dolci, we were presented with a menu of modern Italy. I tried the (my favourite), arancini (£5.00), but of course the meat-free version, which was very well seasoned - I didn't miss meat at all.
For a main I enjoyed the Pizza con asparagi (8.00), which was a mozzarella and asparagus thin-crust pizza; it was very good.
If you're not a pizza fan (I'm not but this was scrumptious), there's a different risotto each day – a rich spinach and cep mushroom when we went – plus interesting use of smoked tofu in the salads.
The menu changes with the seasons, and is sourced from ingredients fresh from Pasquale's family farm in Capua, Italy. All of the food is vegetarian, some gluten-free and some vegan dishes, but mostly varied. Time after time have I visited a restaurant and my friends who follow a vegetarian diet are left with a limited choice. Amico Bio, however are innovative, creative, and play with flavour for delicious dishes.
Amico Bio may seem like a cool London fad, but the service is superb, and the food wins even the meat-eaters over, plus the original branch is in Capua, Italy.