Drury Lane based Bar & Pizzeria
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Italian
Address : 167 Drury Lane, London , WC2B 5PG, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.bungatini.com
Opening Times : Mon-Weds: 8am-11pm, Thurs-Sat: 8am-1am
Closest Tube : Holborn, Covent Garden
Silvio Berlusconi may be old news with American putting out a better (which is to say worse) version 2.0 in their current election, but it doesn't mean the Bunga Bunga is dead. In fact, it's in rude enough health to inspire not one, but two, fromage-friendly spots in Londontown. The latest has opened its door on Drury Lane, with the name BungaTINI. True to title, it offers up the Bunga Bunga experience on a slightly smaller but no less appetising plate.
BungaTINI offers a warm respite from the press of central Covent Garden tourists, with a heritage-style design meant to evoke the experience of dining at a local Italian trattoria. On the ground floor there's a little bar area perfect for knocking back a selection from the extensive list of cocktails. Upstairs you'll find a small dining room, well-turned out for a quiet catch-up or an intimate date. Flower pots line the walls, illuminating a rustic stone floor and small wooden tables that were busy throughout the evening.
We started things off with the BungaTINI board, a beautiful assembly of antipasti which included pecorinio, gnocco fritto, fennel sausage arancini, mortadella, coppa, and finocchiona salami. We complemented this with a couple of cocktails, including wonderful Aperol Spritz. Moving on, we ordered a pair of pizzas which were baked in the stone oven downstairs. The piccante put southern spice to work, topped with n'duja, ricotta, Calabrese salami, cherry tomatoes. The Vesuvio was a bit more subdued, a savoury amalgam of buffalo mozzarella, Parma ham and peppery rocket.
As we hit the road, we were really happy to have found a cool new Italian spot in Covent Garden, which would be a great date spot coupled with a visit to the theatre.