Italian restaurants in London are not that hard to come by. If you walk far enough down any major high street, you're bound to come across at least one well-known chain, often overflowing with customers making the most of an irresistible promotion. What seems increasingly more difficult to stray upon these days is a traditional, independently-run Italian restaurant. Unfortunately the recession appears to be making these establishments more of a rarity, but one that has so far weathered the economic storm is Capri restaurant in West London. The little eatery is tucked away on a side street in Hammersmith; the only evidence of it from the main road is its small sign glowing brightly in red, white and green.
As you step inside, friendly staff are waiting to welcome you with light conversation and good service. The tables are adorned with traditional red and white checked table cloths, the walls strewn with framed pictures of the restaurant's Italian namesake and the shelves crammed with old bottles of wine. There is even garlic strung about for added effect.
The menu is simple and straightforward: bread and olives are offered as an appetiser, while you choose between Italian classics such as bolognaise, carbonara and pizza. For carnivores there are a good selection of meat dishes too. The servings are hearty and delicious, and with a pizza or pasta dish costing a mere £5-£6, you won't need a 2-for-1 offer to make this meal good value. To finish there are a choice of mouth-watering desserts such as tiramisu, and of course an Italian meal wouldn't be complete without a limoncello liqueur or an espresso shot to wash it all down with.
The only thing that's a shame about Capri is that more people don't go. Whether this is because it's not noticeable enough from the main road, or because people are too tempted by the aforementioned promotions at chain restaurants, but it'd be a shame to see yet another charming restaurant go undeservedly to the restaurant graveyard. So if you're ever hungry in Hammersmith, I urge you to give it a try - you won't be disappointed.