Often tempted to try Orso but put off by the prices. However, the set lunch at £16.95 looked interesting so we gave it a try. Spacious room, quiet and civilised. My starter of 'crispy squid' turned out to be calamares a la romana and pretty ordinary. My partner's chilled tomato and courgette soup was a better choice. For mains my swordfish was cooked perfectly and accompanied by an excellent caponata, P's chicken escalope was even better, crisp and succulent. Good choice of reasonably priced wine. To sum up. Orso is a bit more expensive than the legion of Italian places around the Opera House, but probably worth it for the relaxed, calm atmosphere.
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