Walk along the bustling, crowded, Oxford Street, and turn right – or left, depending on which way you’re going – into Wells Street.
Suddenly all the City hubbub fades away behind you. In fact, it’s as thought you’ve been transported into a Country village!
Go nearly to the end until you come to no. 52, where Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant has recently opened.
montys01Monty’s specialises in authentic Italian food, sourced locally and from Italy.
It also has a selection of over 150 wines, with a lot of them from smaller wine-producing regions.
It’s decorated in subdued shades of pale green, cream and grey.
A wine wall greets you as you enter, and there are suspended wine frames scattered around the room.
Emphasis is on sharing, which is a way of eating that I love.
How often do you both order separate dishes, and the other person’s looks nicer than yours? This way, you can try them all!
Their menu does change, so it’s bit different now to the choice that we had.
Chicchetti, or Small Bites, was a choice of
Faoaccia and Carasau Bread, a selection of Italian olives, Classic Bruschetta with Datterino tomatoes, Arancine Siciliane with beef ragu, Buffalo Mozzarells, tomatoes and basil, Zucchini Flower with ricotta cheese and mint, Calamari fritti with tartare sauce, Vitello Tonnato, or Mixed grilled vegetables with smoked scamorza.
montys09We chose the olives, Zucchini flower  (off the menu until it’s back in season) and Calamari.
From the Charcuterie, or Italian Hams selection, we had a Norcia ham which was 18 months old.
Specialities, we chose a salad and Tagliolini fresh crab and bottarga.
As we both fancied a steak but couldn’t manage a whole one, we had Tagliata of Rib eye, cut into thin slices. It practically melted in the mouth!
We couldn’t manage anything from the Cheese board, but I did have a delicious tiramisu.
We were carefully looked after by Antonio the Manager, Daniel the Barman, and Anastasia the Waitress.
At the end of the meal we were introduced to the Chef, who had the romantic name, Dionisio Randazzo.
I did query the choice of ‘elevator music,’ but  Antonio said they were having a selection of Italian music prepared specially for them, but it wasn’t ready yet!
montys02Downstairs is a private room that seats up to 40 people, and about 10 Customers can sit outside if it’s a lovely day of they’re smokers.
Monty’s is a lovely place to relax and eat while on a trip to London. It’s central, and the prices are reasonable. They vary from £2.50 up to £19.50 for a T-bone steak. And most of the dishes are priced around £6.
The staff are all very attentive, and ready to help and advise about anything on the menu that you need more information about.
I shall certainly be popping in there again when I’m in the area!

Useful Information:
Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant
52 Wells Street
London
W1T 3PR
Phone 0207 637 2666www.montyswinebar.com
info@montyslondon.co.ukOpen Mon-Fri Noon-11.30pm
Sats 4-11.30pm

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.