The elusive members’ club… something I recently found myself lusting for over this long, hot summer. Who wouldn’t want to relax in the lap of luxury, sipping cocktails by one of London’s swanky sky-high rooftop pools? Unfortunately for me, my bank account just won’t allow for such frivolous spending, so when Cecconi’s Pizza Bar opened in Soho, I couldn’t turn down the chance to sample a taste of the high life at a more reasonable price.
Following in the footsteps of the original Mayfair restaurant and sister sites in Shoreditch and the City, the Soho spot is offering up classic Italian dishes with a modern twist; that twist being a sexy Soho location, DJs spinning live music and cocktails on tap. Yes, that’s right; if you like your Aperol with a side of spritz and negronis flowing from a tap, then you’ve come to the right place.
Snazzy striped marble floors and huge windows make for a slinky space, particularly on a bustling Saturday night, where a DJ fills the room with hip-hop and contemporary tunes. Starting with cocktails, we went for the Saffron Highball (£8) and Red Pepper Sbagliato (£8); both easily quaffable and the perfect accompaniments to cicchetti like the zucchini fritti (£4) and oozy burrata (£8) topped with figs and a hazelnut balsamic dressing.
If you’re looking for a slice of luxury without the price tag, Cecconi’s Pizza Bar is just the place. We ordered lobster spaghetti (£13) and a spicy salami and chilli pizzette (£7) which was more sweet than spicy and just as big as a regular pizza. Finishing off with a perfectly creamy tiramisu (£5) and a couple of whisky, Campari and cocchi-based Coconut Old Pals (£8), this was the perfect setting to kick off our Saturday night... especially with that DJ on the decks.