Jamie Oliver’s chain of Italian restaurants, although each restaurant follows the same formula and serves nearly, if not completely identical menus, manages to avoid all of the flaws of a formulaic chain restaurant. The food here is made fresh from fresh ingredients. The staff are generally friendly and attentive, and the food is top-notch.
I’ve visited outlets in London, Cardiff, Sydney and Perth. There are dozens of outlets in the UK, and a smattering of outlets across Australia, Ireland, Russia, Singapore, Turkey and the UAE. Each one is as good as the next. As an Italian-American who enjoys cooking and eating, I can say that Jamie’s team has the formula pretty well designed! I’m just hoping for an outlet in the USA.
My particular favorites include…
Polenta chips (pictured above): Crispy on the outside, creamy in the middle, covered liberally in shredded parmigano reggiano and rosemary leaves.
Wagyu breasola salad (pictured below): Fresh, crisp, clean flavors of the salad nicely complement the rich, salty breasola served carpaccio style as a base for the mountain of salad.
If I’m in a city with a Jamie’s Italian, and I don’t have something new & unusual on my calendar for a given meal, I know I can always get some top-notch Italian food.