Once again I find myself dining Italian; I just never get tired of it. TOZI is Italian with a bit of a twist though – think Italian dishes served Spanish-tapas-style. The word “tozi” is apparently Venetian slang for a bunch of guys or a bunch of friends which seems appropriate when you step inside; the restaurant has a very communal feel with an open plan. The chefs cooking are on display with flames leaping from a clay oven, dangling hams and salume, piles of bread, prosecco on tap and homemade barrel-aged negroni.
Cheese & Meat Board
Following along with the communal feel, when you order it is suggested you choose 2-3 dishes per person and share – suits me fine, you know how I love to try multiple things. We ordered the cheese and meat board to start which certainly got the palette going – their mortedella is the best I’ve had. Next we had the tuna tartare, the calamari (not the greatest I’ve had probably wouldn’t order again), the octopus, the buratta cheese (this traditional Italian cheese is a flavour sensation you must try if you’ve not had it before), and we finished with the scallops which were my personal favourite, just melted in the mouth!
All the waiters here are genuinely Italian and it’s lovely to see the culture of the restaurant mixed with a modern take on the food. I left feeling utterly sated in the best way possible and look forward to returning. 5/5
Where: 8 Gillingham Street, London SW1V 1HJ
Bookings: Recommended during the week, essential on weekends
Phone: 020 7769 9771
Photos by Krissie and TOZI.