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The River Cafe Restaurant Review: Despite the sad death of co-founder Rosie Gray in 2010, The River Café continues its famed course. The large room of blues and whites with an open kitchen is the background for some seriously good cooking. The emphasis has always been on the best seasonal ingredients, with the menu changing twice daily to take advantage of what is available. For antipasti, expect the likes of prosciutto di Parma with crostini of chicken livers with Vecchia, and chargrilled squid with fresh red chilli and rocket. For mains, perhaps veal shin slow-cooked in Fontodi Chianti, or chargrilled Cornish monkfish with violetta artichoke fritti and olives. This is a glorious celebration of all that is best in simple, rustic Italian cooking. Italian cheeses are first rate; desserts like the chocolate "nemesis" and homemade ice creams round off a memorable meal. Wines are Italian, well-chosen and ungreedily marked up; service is charming; and your fellow guests are undoubtedly mostly famous.