Little Italy is an authentic Italian restaurant in the centre of Kingston-upon-Thames. Outside, there are some canteen-style tables and chairs that I would not have been happy to eat at, inside however, it has a lovely, romantic style interior complimented by dark colours and fabrics, dim lighting and candles.
The service in the restaurant is exemplary (provided you can understand a strong Italian accent) the staff were more than happy to cater to our special preferences and recommend a selection of fantastic wine. From which I would personally recommend the simple house wines, but feel free to ask a waiter as to what would suit your preferred taste.
Unfortunately, the food itself was nothing out of the ordinary and didn't seem to go with the authentic feel of the rest of the restaurant. The only thing I would recommend is the home-made soup starter that was genuinely home-made and tasted delicious.
The pasta dish we tried was quite bland tasting and was an inadequate sized portion. The pizza tasted like it could have easily been cooked from frozen, and although not horrific in taste, I would have expected an Italian restaurant to do a lot better, it was however was not disappointing in terms of size. With pasta and pizza being the main dishes the Italians are famous for, I found the meals we were served rather disappointing compared to others I have had in the past. It appeared to me that there was nothing unique or special about the menu.
However, I must be said that the value for money in Little Italy is recommendable. There is a £12 three course set menu available and another slightly higher priced set menu that includes a drink.
There is also a much cheaper set lunch-time menu that might be well worth a try after a hard days shopping. With desserts priced at £4.25 each they are an affordable treat, combine that with a student discount of %10 and you're one savvy saver. It's a shame that the low prices are a reflection on the quality of the main meals we sampled.