‘A third Italian Job — please, no!’ I hear you cry.
Fear not, protector of blowing bloody doors off and high-speed Mini chases, this triumvirate is of The Italian Job craft beer pubs — the other two are in Chiswick and Elephant and Castle.
The new venue in chic Notting Hill is a marvellous homage to Il Bel Paese, the walls are covered with Italian football kit blue and the taps are a traditional selection of Italian craft beers, primarily from the Birrificio del Ducato microbrewery.
Upstairs is a new venture for the company, a cocktail bar called Salotto ‘900 serving ‘classic cocktails with with contemporary twists such as Botanico which fuses Tanqueray Gin and Pine liqueur’.
The founders have roped in the help of mixologist Luca Corradini (of Oriole and The Savoy’s American Bar fame) to create a truly spectacular cocktail menu.
If you’re feeling a bit peckish, and you probably will be when you see the menu, the new bar offers a delightful selection of Italian street food.
Not your average local boozer then.
What separates The Italian Job from the Dog And Duck is undoubtedly the thought and effort that has gone into producing the menu.
Like most Italians, founders Giovanni Campari and Giuseppe Verdoni take delight in offering the best food and drink available and this comes across as soon as you check out the well-polished taps.
There’s no Fosters or Carling in sight, just a selection of craft beers so good even the fussiest of hipsters will be satisfied.