Located in the busiest and most popular area of central London, Orsini café is right opposite the Brompton Oratory and in close proximity to the Victoria and Albert as well as the Natural History museums.
Orsini is a comfortable and cosy rustic restaurant, nestled amidst residential buildings, with the look and feel of a home itself.
The décor is both traditional and modern. It spreads across two floors and is spacious with the look of a country cottage. The staircase leading up from the ground to the first floor is reminiscent of a house interior.
Elegant and tasteful art is selectively hung around the café. From an artistic painting of an elephant -hinting at memories of times gone by but not forgotten-, to a beautiful drawing of a natural landscape -giving one the feel of the outdoors-, the restaurant is almost a private museum itself.
The artistic touch also extends to head shots of famous stars such as Al Pacino and Marilyn Monroe, looking different because of the way they are depicted, but still recognisable as themselves.
Friendly and attentive staff add to the unique and personal greeting to be expected at Orsini at every turn and on every visit.
The café has a wide range of clientele. Repeat and new customers are an obvious indication of the highest quality of the service and of the food.
Last but of course not least, the family owned Neapolitan restaurant is mostly renowned for its versatile and authentic menu.
The ‘Cibo’ ranges from meats and fish to risotto, to gorgeous pastas, to the Orsini Antipasti dish and salads, including the well-known Italian buffalo mozzarella salad, and my personal favourite the delicious penne ‘Arrabbiata’
Desserts are made in house by Mamma, ranging from Tiramisu, to cakes, to heart- shaped biscuits.
The prices are very reasonable, considering the fresh and traditional ingredients that are used by the family chef, as well as the the slow way the food is cooked.