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16th September 2017 update: My last visit wasn’t as good. The food was okay but service really bad, with plates almost thrown down in front of us.

L’artista appeared on Watford High Street years before the lower end (by the shopping centre) was re-developed and filled with chain restaurants. I haven’t been for years as I usually choose to go to Barracuda just opposite. The last time I was in L’artista, there was a small, jolly Italian man who made a point of visiting tables and checking if everyone was okay. It was always a fun, casual, rather than fine dining place.

On this visit we were seated quickly and ordered a good bottle of Primitivo (£19.90) and a jug of tap water (free).

To start I ordered Pepata di Cozze – mussels in white wine with a dash of tomato. At £6.70 I expected this to be quite a small bowl, so I was delighted to receive a really generous portion.

The mussels were perfect.

For main I had the ravioli Artista – filled with ricotta and spinach (£9.90). Again, I was delighted to receive a generous portion.

I really enjoyed the ravioli.

The total bill, which included my dishes plus a soup, another pasta dish, a salad and bread, came to £61.71 – included a 10% service charge.

I hadn’t seen the little, jolly Italian and asked the manager about him. Sadly he died several years ago one morning in the restaurant.

The walls have hand-painted murals featuring a well-known Italians and also the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Some likenesses are better than others, but I think they make a good addition to what is a fun restaurant with good value dishes.

61 The Parade, High Street, Watford
WD17 1AH

01923 210 055
01923 226 644(Delivery Line)

Opening Times
Mon – Fri 12:00 – 23:30
Sat – Sun 12:00 – 23:30