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5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun!
This is such a great book. It certainly does it says on the tin, but in a hugely entertaining way that is really more social commentary on the times.
First hand anecdotes abound (my favourite being the man who happened to have a double bass jamming with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan into the early hours at Trattoo) all brought together with elegance and wit by the...
Published on 1 Jun 2009 by N. Chism

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Spaghetti Tree
A fascinating and entertaining account of the growth of Italian restaurants in the UK. Specially interesting for people who remember the Trattoria Terrazza in Romily Street, Soho, and Alvaro's in Chelsea in the sixties.
Published on 18 Jun 2009 by G. Lewis Esq


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun!, 1 Jun 2009
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N. Chism "Nigel Chism" (London England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Spaghetti Tree: Mario and Franco and the Trattoria Revolution: 1 (Paperback)
This is such a great book. It certainly does it says on the tin, but in a hugely entertaining way that is really more social commentary on the times.
First hand anecdotes abound (my favourite being the man who happened to have a double bass jamming with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan into the early hours at Trattoo) all brought together with elegance and wit by the author - from whom a fair share of those anecdotes arise.
A book to dip in and savour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating social history surrounding the trattoria movement, 18 May 2009
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This review is from: The Spaghetti Tree: Mario and Franco and the Trattoria Revolution: 1 (Paperback)
After reading the fascinating history of how we Brits fell head-over-heels for the traditional Italian trattoria, you'll know exactly who to thank next time you pop to the neighbourhood pasta house. Mario Cassandro and Franco Lagattolla were the men widely credited as catalysts for the Italian restaurant revolution- opening the famed La Terrazza in Soho back in 1959. Here, Alastair Scott Sutherland documents the fascinating social history surrounding the trattoria movement. As a close acquaintance of Mario and Franco, Sutherland has produced an eminently readable paperback packed with both trivia and recipes- which should engage and surprise even the most knowledgeable Italophile.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Spaghetti Tree, 18 Jun 2009
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G. Lewis Esq "GerryL" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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A fascinating and entertaining account of the growth of Italian restaurants in the UK. Specially interesting for people who remember the Trattoria Terrazza in Romily Street, Soho, and Alvaro's in Chelsea in the sixties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars spaghetti tree, 20 April 2013
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a fantastic book that gives me some insight in to some personal family history. funny, imformative and entertaining. an easy read that still goes into depth and detail. a true version of the trattoria revolution
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Jan 2013
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This book recaptures an important time in London's culinary and social history - when the Italian style ruled. It all changed after the brilliant Neapolitan Enzo Apicella changed the look and atmosphere of Italian restaurants from old Chianti bottles hanging on walls to places of dazzling style, with white walls, potted plants and spotlights where many of the interesting people in London would meet, socialise and enjoy fantastic food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A feast of history as well as food, 8 Jan 2013
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M. D. Ripley "Mike Ripley" (England) - See all my reviews
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A wonderful saga of the Sixties, Soho and the legendary Mario and Franco who, in 1959, introduced fine Italian dining through their Trattatoria Terazza to writers, artists, designers and film stars and started a culinary revolution. Their restaurant was made famous in Len Deighton's besteller "The Ipcress File" in 1962 and became a fixture of Swinging London. Fittingly, Len Deighton provides the Foreword to Alistair Scott Sutherland's rich and tasty history. Celebrity chefs before there were 'television chefs', the influence of Mario and Franco is traced in a superb family-tree diagram which shows their links to modern culinary icons, from Antonio Carluccio and The River Cafe to Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
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