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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