Mele e Pere - authentic Italian in Soho

Five of my home boys and I were due to meet up in London, I hadn't seen some of them for a few years and as the older Mr A was down from bonnie Scotland on a job, we managed to get a date in our busy lives for a giggle. I had to find a place that suited the five boys with beer, prosecco for yours truly and filling food. Almost all of the boys are cycling fanatics and so I knew pasta was probably a good option but not always easy to find a decent place.

A small selection of their glass 'apples and pears' 
Mele e Pere ('Apples and Pears') is a restaurant that has been recommended to me by many. It's a good central location and Soho is always buzzing any night of the week. We were sat on the ground floor at a lovely high rustic table and bar style stool seating. 

The menu changes weekly/sometimes daily and on our evening it was particularly hard to choose from.

Hand made pastas were all teamed with delicious sounding sauces, Truffled gnocchi, aubergine with pancetta ravioli and a beef ragu were all making my life a little harder. Luckily it was apparent that the boys were also finding choosing hard none of us could make a decision. 

Some olives were ordered and this seemed to help our thoughts, decisions were made and we went back to chatting about our little lives without noticing the wait we apparently endured before starters...

Because of this we were treated to two tasters of Fried bocconcini of mozzarella with almonds and basil pesto these were oozy, crunchy and yummy!! Close to doing a Notting Hill and 'whomever is the saddest act' it was swooped off the plate and gone in a flash! 

The pesto however was not swiped so quickly and this was gladly finished with these little bites of lightly crumbed olives with a spicy filling. A great difference in flavour and texture these were lovely little things.

I had squid with a smoked aioli to start which were coated in a crisp, light batter and fried to exactness - delicious!! 

For mains I felt I needed some of their home made pasta and I was so right in doing so. These are split into small and large plates so depending how your tummy is rumbling you can chose accordingly. 

My rustic and heart warming bigoli (similar to spag but thicker) with king prawns, broccoli, padron peppers and taggiasche olives was so delicious I could have had the large portion and left stuffed but happy. Coated in a light sauce of what I think was a type of tomato and pepper pesto I could have licked the bowl clean. Luckily I was handed a spoon so I restrained and saved the guys embarrassment. 

The veal was also sampled and I thought worthy of a photograph...

Just look at those courgette chips...

I'm not one for puds often on a week night however one thing caught my eye and I HAD to try it. A scoop of 'Werthers Original ice cream' now Italians know how to do ice cream so this was brilliant.

One mouthful of this and I was transported back to my grandpa's car and excitedly rummaging around the glove box to find the oval butterscotch treats. What a fabulous flavour and one with such a fond memory I didn't want it to end. 

We had a thoroughly wonderful evening. Attentive staff and great value for money - 3 courses, prosecco and service came in at around £30pp (we split the bill equally). Mele e Pere serves up authentic, warming Italian goodness using the freshest ingredients in an eclectic, charming and relaxed environment it's obvious why this place is every local's perfect go to.

Address: 46 Brewer Street, Soho. W1F
Phone: 020 3641 9342

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