7 Old Compton Street, (opposite Lab), London, W1D 5JE, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7860 945 018
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30am-11.30pm, Fri 7:30am - midnight, Sat 9:00am - midnight, Sun 10.30am - 10.30pm
Door: Make reservation
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Aperitivos, Cocktails, Romantic
Price guide: Middling
Food: Bar nibbles
Owned by: Tony Conigliaro and Marco Arrigo
Images By: diffordsguide.com
Named after and inspired by the small bars found at main Italian railway stations, this tiny espresso and cocktail bar is one of London's smallest but is owned by two men with huge reputations, namely Tony Conigliaro, the bartender come alchemist behind 69 Colebrooke Row; and Marco Arrigo, for decades the face of Illy Coffee in London and barista trainer extraordinaire. With such patrons it goes without saying that the coffee and cocktails served here are extraordinary good.
Twenty people are enough to fill this delightful little bar so if you intend to visit after 5pm you are advised to pre-book a 1 hour 30 minute slot at the bar's website.
A curvy white marble counter faces teal green banquettes on a chequered floor. It's a tiny space, and wonderfully homely as a result. By day, order a simple but perfectly executed espresso (the only drink you may gulp whilst standing here), an espresso al tavola, a cafe latte, or a bicherin (espresso, drinking chocolate and milk). To accompany your coffee by day are pastries baked at Shoreditch's renewed L'Anima.
By evening wash down Parmigiano-Reggiano and wafer-thin prosciutto from the hand turned Fazzini slicer with a selection of cocktails, pre-made to ensure flawless consistency and poured straight from beautifully labelled bottles directly into dainty little glasses. For an oaf like me they are little more than a gob-full but are delicately bracing.