Contemporary Italian dining with a focus on simplicity is the name of the game at London’s Four to Eight. Centrally located on Catherine Street in Covent Garden, just steps from the Royal Opera House, King’s College and Lyceum Theatre, and only a stone’s throw from Covent Garden and Temple underground stations, Four to Eight serves their rustic Italian eats seven days a week. Spread over two floors, this Italian restaurant is a stylish spot for an authentic Italian meal.
Brothers Gino and Leo Zambito, whose Gino and Franco restaurant once stood in the exact same location as their newly established venture, Four to Eight, are longtime residents of London’s Covent Garden and passionate about sharing their Sicilian heritage to locals through their exquisite Italian cuisine. Run by a team of talented native Italian chefs, the Zambito brothers’ objectives are masterfully executed. Guests can experience this delicious cuisine in Four to Eight’s beautifully decorated interior, complete with modern industrial touches and exposed brick walls.
One of the best ways to get a feel for what London’s Four to Eight is all about it is to indulge in their eight-course tasting menu, which changes with the seasons for the optimal dining experience. Still, if you’d rather keep it simple, the a la carte menu is also a great option – choose from small plates like beetroot pannacotta, BBQ octopus, grilled black fig and slow-poached egg with aged Parma ham and gorgonzola, or mains like roast veal chop and whole spatchcock baby chicken. Four to Eight on Covent Garden’s Catherine Street also offers an extensive pre-theatre menu, so make sure to book ahead and dine before heading to nearby Adelphi Theatre or Aldwych Theatre to catch a show.
Great restaurant, enjoyed the food served and the service provided was great! Love the ambience. Price was relatively affordable too. Would definitely return to the reataurant again.
A great expierence, with excelent and sublime food served at a Cosy Italian restaurant by smiling and polite servants fullfilling a pleasant Night in London
Lovely meal. No piped music which was a plus. Food delicious. Perfect for business meeting. Location great - about 10 mins walk from Waterloo Station.
Great quality. Reasonable price. Perfect location. Great service. Speed was set by us. A good Independent Italian Restaurant. This was exactly what we were looking and hoping for! Thank you!
We had a great meal at Four to Eight - just a few little glitches they need to iron out. The food was delicious and imaginative so I would definitely visit here again. The service started off well, with a warm welcome and attentive, helpful waitress. Unfortunately she vanished halfway through our meal to serve a large party who arrived to eat downstairs. The waiter who was meant to cover our table missed us - this was eventually resolved and luckily we weren't in a hurry. The table arrangements are also not great, we were seated by the window and the neighbouring table had to get up if we needed to leave our seats, everyone is too tightly packed in upstairs. The presentation of some courses needs a little more thought too - my lasagne tasted good but didn't look beautiful and the narrow deep bowl is rather awkward to eat from as the pasta needs to be cut. Also the pistachio bread and butter pudding is again delicious and probably a pretty green colour but in the dim light it looked like greyish mush. These are small niggles though - it was really a very enjoyable evening.
Lovely food but the service was lacking, partly I think because they were busy and also a lack of training on the part of the staff. They didn't bring out one of our extras and still didn't bring it out when we enquiried about this. I am vegetarian & our waitress was trying to convince me that certain items on the menu were veggie even though there was no (v) next to them whereas other items were clearly denoted as vegetarian on the menu. I don't think that some meat eaters understand that some cheeses for example are not necessarily vegetarian! At the end of the day if a dish was veggie it would have had a (v) next to it as other dishes did. Also the choice for veggies wasn't great and I was initially told that I couldn't have the veggie main dish off the set menu but I didn't like the veggie main dish in the main menu. They did concede this point in the end though. Also the set menu had no veggie option as a starter That saidi I would still go back since the food was very tasty and I liked the restaurant itself. I will probably just check their menu before I book next to ensure there is something on the menu I like / can eat.
Looking forward to a nice meal, the adventure started the night before when we were contacted to reconfirm our booking. We were then told that we only had the table until 10pm (our booking was for 8.15). This was never mentioned on the confirmation when we made the booking. So we were surprised to be told this the night before we were due to go for our meal. So if you are booking please double check to see how long you have the table for? When we arrived we were shown to our table and ordered our drinks. Our waitress for the evening was very good and attentive. We order our meals and continued with our evening. The starters were both fantastic, this boded well for the main course. For the main I ordered the Cote de Beef steak at £30. Unfortunately when the steak arrived it was very tough and filled with sinew. It was inedible, our waitress noticed I was having difficulty cutting the meat with my steak knife so she brought over the manager to see the issue. The manager was very apologetic and promptly ordered another one for me. Unfortunately the second one was just as bad so I gave it up as a bad job. Again the manager apologised and arranged for this to be taken off the bill. My wife's main course again as the starters was fantastic. The puddings carried on in the same vain as well. It is a shame that the most expensive steak on the menu was substandard. (I have to say that a group of younger diners on the table next to us had the same steak as me, although they did not complain but you could see that they had left it on there plates, one of them actually ended up eating his partners pasta dish) Unfortunately this overshadowed the evening, I was still hungry when I left. It is a shame because the rest off the food was perfect. Just one last note, there were a lot of spare tables around so I don't know why we were told that our table was only ours until 10pm????
Not busy when I went for lunch on a Monday but it's one of those restaurants which has its own confident atmosphere, so there was no feeling that we were rattling around in a failing eaterie. Very chilled, super friendly staff, excellent food and an interesting wine list at reasonable prices. I started with a fabulous salmon dish (portion could have been bigger) and mustard chicken breast which was amazing. Very nice side dishes - we had mash, fries and kale, which were all beautifully presented and cooked. Too full for puds but they looked very enticing. My friend and I hunkered down for four hours and were rewarded with a couple of ice cold limoncellos on the house. As we left it was getting dark and they were putting tea lights on the table. I was sorry to leave and I will definitely go back!
Quality Italian cuisine. Lovely atmosphere with lighting now down to a warm level and candle light at the table. Friendly smiley staff. Close to theatre land but so much better than most close to the theatres. Had the daily pasta special and have not had such perfect pasta since we were last in Italy. Next visit we will be back to Four to Eight.
A modern Italian - no Chianti flasks and cheesy mandolin music here. So if your tastes run along the lines of stuffed mushrooms and spaghetti "Bolognese" then you could be disappointed. However, if you like a little adventure, skillful use of ingredients and an interesting, reasonably priced (for London) wine-list, you could do far worse than pay Four to Eight a visit.