L’antico, a traditional Italian on the Kings Road has been around for as long as I can remember. Perched on the edge of Holmead Road amongst the cluster of swanky interior design shops and gastopubs its outdoor seating boasts a prime people watching platform. L’antico had originally been recommended by my mum who claimed it was a good value for money family owned and run authentic Italian restaurant. This had me sold as it always makes for a lovely alternative from the chains and so waking up to a very sunny bank holiday Monday it was an ideal choice for a late lunch.
We choose a prime table in the sunshine outside and were greeted by a friendly Italian man who instantly called me darling and seemed to be enjoying his bank holiday with his chums who were all sitting inside drinking and laughing. As it was a bank holiday we pushed the boat out and opted for two courses despite my fears that inflation may have impacted the prices since my mother last ate there ten years ago were confirmed. It is not cheap and cheerful, starters were around the £8-£10 mark and mains were £12-£20, however, the food quality was excellent.