This is one of our regular and favourite restaurants to visit not just in our hometown of Hornchurch but in the whole of Essex. We always enjoy great food from chef / owner Craig as well as excellent service from manager Giovanni. But I have to say that our latest visit on sunday was easily one of the best.

We arrived to the usual friendly welcome from Giovanni before being seated at our table. We ordered an aperitif to give us a chance to look at the menu. It was when Giovanni came back not only with our drinks but also the specials that we would be in for a little surprise. Unknown to us Craig offered us an opportunity to have a charcuterie board and a beef carpaccio as starter options to which we gladly accepted. We then ordered a bottle of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo to pair with the food.

So now to those starters of a Charcuterie Board and Beef Carpaccio which were both absolutely fabulous. The carpaccio was accompanied with mushrooms , nuts & parmesan while alongside the fabulous selection of meats were olives , sun dried tomatoes , stuffed pepper , burrata & salad. To be honest every mouthful was an absolute delight.

CHARCUTERIE BOARD
BEEF CARPACCIO

After a nice little break it was time for the main course where my wife enjoyed her favourite Spaghetti Vongole. For myself I was in for a real treat as from the specials board I chose the Braised Beef with broccoli & creamy mash that was absolutely fantastic and without doubt one of the best dishes ever eaten at Da Vinci’s.

SPAGHETTI VONGOLE
BRAISED BEEF

Now it was time for desserts where from the specials my wife chose the Cherry & Almond Bomb whereas I had the classic Tiramisu. Accompanying these Craig sent out a heavenly Lemon & Lime Posset.

CHERRY & ALMOND BOMB
TIRAMISU
LEMON & LIME POSSET

We finished with a coffee to bring a fabulous lunch to an end. The food created by Craig was amazing and the service was nothing more than you expect from Giovanni and his team. This really is a restaurant that I would recommend and is also a great credit not only to my hometown of Hornchurch but to the county of Essex as well. When we asked for the bill a complimentary glass of bailey’s and port were sent to our table as a final delightful personal touch.

Thank You Craig & Giovanni for an excellent lunch and look forward to many more visits in the future.

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