The friendliness of San Lorenzo keeps people coming back time after time.

Owners Ghigo and Paolo Berni are ever-present, chatting to diners like they are old friends, and many of them are.

The secluded walled courtyard and mezzanine with a glazed roof have hosted many a well-known face from the tennis world and beyond, all with discretion and expertise.

The food at the restaurant in Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon is Italian but much more upmarket than your average chain.

The menu features grilled asparagus with shaved parmesan, gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese, and minestrone with black cabbage and that is just for starters.

Moving on to mains and there is pasta with wild boar and mushroom ragu, risotto and steaks, as well as a choice of specials.

A series of wine tasting evenings have proven popular with guests enjoying dinner afterwards.

I was impressed by the classic feel of the venue, the delicious menu and friendliness of the staff, who take time to speak to customers and not rush about like some do.

An extensive, if a bit pricey, wine list provides plenty of options for diners.

San Lorenzo Fuoriporta, Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon. Call 020 8946 8463.