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Published November 3rd 2012
A rare chance to have real Italian food out of Italy
Step into the ambiance of Italy at Vecchia Roma in Hampton. This beautiful little restaurant offers an authentic and delightful escape into the world of Italian cuisine and atmosphere. With an extensive choice of wine and dishes available in a reasonable price range there is something to excite every taste bud.
The service could not have been improved; staff were courteous, traditionally dressed, made good recommendations and even offered us complimentary liqueurs at the end of the evening. I was particularly impressed by the presence of the chef after our meal as he made his way around the restaurant introducing himself. After forty years of working at Vecchia Roma, he still invites criticism, showing him to be a true master of the culinary arts by knowing that even after his extensive experience, food is something that can always be changed and improved. This example of genuine consideration and valuing customers' opinions combined with the quality of the food itself is one of many aspects that makes a meal at Vecchia Roma a memorable evening.
Vecchia Roma has a traditional, if a little dated, style of interior that really emphasises the Italian theme including 'Roman inspired' wall paper and Italian artwork and music. The restaurant also includes a small bar and a slightly raised 'balcony' with just enough room for couples seeking a little extra privacy. Vecchia Roma is also available to book for special occasions as it has a late license and a DJ available on request. I can imagine it would make a good venue for a smaller party, but would perhaps be a little crowded with a large number of people.
The food itself in Vecchia Roma was exquisite with surprisingly generous portions and superb value for money. I highly recommend trying the set menu at £17.50 for two courses and £19.50 for three, a great deal that doesn't sacrifice variety of choice. A lunch time set menu is also available for an impressive £15.95 for three courses. Food-wise I would recommend the skate wing, which turned out to be the biggest portion of fish I've ever come across, yet was beautifully presented and cooked to perfection, as were the steaks dishes.
Vecchia Roma is located 500 yards away from Hampton Court train station and also has the full menu available to take away with a 10% discount, making a taste of Italy a little closer than you thought.