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Amano, West Malling, Kent: ‘An enclave of the land of pasta and gelato’ – B&B review

Kent may be the actual destination but the food and drink provide authentic flavours of Italy at this recently opened restaurant with rooms

How far is it to Italy? Depends which bit you mean of course, but for those living in the south-east of England what feels like a tiny enclave of the land of pasta and gelato has just opened a short drive away down the M20, in Kent.

At Amano, in the prosperous small town of West Malling (it rhymes, I learn, with galling and appalling) the menu is authentic Italian – not anglicised high-street trattoria fare. Seven of the eight chefs are Italian, as are most of the bar staff; and the pasta is made fresh daily in a specially dug cellar workshop.

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