Owner/chef Nino Zoccali is well respected by his industry peers, letting his stylish interpretation of traditional Italian flavour-driven food do the talking. Pendolino’s sophisticated dining room, serviced by suited waiters, with elegantly presented tables and highly polished tableware, is decidedly classy, yet not stuffy or imposing.
With a dedicated pasta kitchen, expectations are high, and the flawlessly seasoned beef-filled agnolotti, with exquisitely cooked sweetbreads and divine Mediterranean herb butter, fully delivers on that promise. The Amalfi ndunderi gnocchi, with a more-ish veal–tomato ragu, garnished with cauliflower, black olives and bitter herbs, is a cohesive dish of textural contrasts. Impossibly tender milk-braised free-range pork belly is an absolute joy, accompanied by a memorable sage and pistachio sausage and steamed roman and controne beans. The silky mash and huge shard of crackling seal the deal.
PSST! Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the intimate bar at sister venue La Rosa, then stroll down and admire The Strand Arcade’s stunning architecture.