But seriously now. Fulham is a long way away from my usual haunts in central, East or South London and Cucina Cinzia is a reflection of that. All the supper clubs I have visited up until Cucina Cinzia have been in the edgier bits of London (such as Saltoun Supper Club in Brixton, TOOB in Dalston, F&L in London Fields etc, Civet Cat in Newington Green etc.). Nights tend to be raucous, the food tends to be a bit experimental and the atmosphere free flowing.
Cucina Cinzia isn’t that. It is in the house you hope you will live in when you grow up. The other guests are shirt wearing mothers and fathers or responsible young professional couples. The food is a cuisine that comes from peasants (Tuscan) but has become a byword for the chattering middle classes. I have to admit I had an enjoyable evening and the other guests were pleasant to chat with. There can be no doubt, however, that this is not a standard supper club as evidenced by the fact that Rob and I only drank one of the two bottles of wine we brought with us.
And, briefly, to the food. The standard at Cucina Cinzia is homely Italian. One dish excited me (a desert wine fritelle) and the rest were solid but with a slight over preponderance of veal in both the primo and secondo courses. One touchstone for me whenever I eat Italian is whether the pasta is fresh (which it wasn’t here). Though I accept it is hard to achieve outside of Italian and its network of shops where you can buy fresh pasta easily (my efforts with a pasta machine are never for more than four people). Also the veal main was a touch dry for my tastes.
For me, if I had the choice between going again or going for a meal at Bocca di Lupo or L’Anima and only spending £30 I would chose the later two options every time as food is paramount to me. However, if you want to try a supper club but don’t fancy a trip to Dalston with all that entails this is a good option.
Price – £30 and BYO