The new Piccolino on Heddon Street has a lot going for it.

Firstly its position is perfect for daytime shoppers and visitors to Cork Street, the Royal Academy summer exhibition. In the evening, it’s a great destination for a date with delicious food and a live DJ downstairs for afterwards.

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Regent Street, just behind Burberry’s, is the mews restaurant with old world charm. It has great outdoor space so you can avoid the pollution of Regent Street whilst soaking up the warm atmosphere. You can choose to dine inside in the chandelier-adorned restaurant or outside in the sunshine, in a quiet spot away from the city’s traffic.

The Italian-inspired fare is prepared in the open kitchen where staff hurry to serve the food steaming hot with a very short wait time. The staff are friendly and polite making the dining experience very pleasurable.

Their menu is varied and extensive; our table had the bolognese, which was delicious, and an excellent pizza, which was handmade from ovens made from Sorrento stone. We could see other tables really enjoying a selection of the best cuisines from all over Italy – dishes of lobster, oysters and steak. The menu is huge and it’s impressive they can create it all to such a high-level.

Downstairs is a great private dining area which was intimate, romantic and could seat up to fifty people. Last night, it was laid up for 24 which meant that there was also dancing space for the diners with their live DJ. Although Piccolino is on the high-end side, with dishes going up to £50 for a whole lobster, it’s great food and a pleasant dining experience.