FOOD & DRINK

Verdi Italian Kitchen at the Royal Albert Hall

Verdi fish Royal Albert Hall

Although entertainment remains the big draw at the Royal Albert Hall, its latest restaurant Verdi merits an outing of its own too. Managed by rhubarb, the menu is a fanfare of failsafe Italian-Mediterranean flavours. Trust us when we say you should not to leave without trying the perfectly juicy grilled prawns wrapped in pancetta, which arrive at the table sizzling in a staub.

Verdi pizza Royal Albert Hall

The stone-baked pizzas featuring the usual favourites – grilled chicken, dry cured ham, salami – are perfectly crisp and ideally sized for the ravenous, whilst the meat and fish dishes offer just that bit more flavour and variety – the sea bream and gluten-free gnocchi is a delicate yet filling option.

Cocktails are simple but go down all too easily, particularly Lake Garda – a gin and tonic flavoured with elderflower and lemon. An easy and relaxed dining environment set inside a most grand and historic of buildings – it’s a destination worth making the trip for.

Verdi Italian Kitchen. Door 12, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. verdiitalian.com