Those Christmas shopping in the heart of London’s West End will be delighted to hear that from late Novemberthey can combine it with a lunch or early dinner at the newly reopened Sartoria on London’s Savile Row, bookings for which are now being taken.
Closed since August, the restaurant has interiors designed by David d’Almada, whose recent projects include The Arts Club in Mayfair and The Norman boutique hotel in Tel Aviv. Drawing on Sartoria’s Italian heritage and Savile Row’s long tailoring history, d’Almada has introduced silk, velvet and leather textures, mixing rich oxblood, soft grey and walnut with antique nickel and copper to provide suitably elegant surroundings – almost foppish even – in which to enjoy a menu full of regionalItaliandishes such as Astice Sibaryta warm lobster salad.
Along with three private dining rooms comes a new chef patron, Francesco Mazzei, who has spent the past seven years at highly acclaimed L’Anima and is now making his debut for restaurant group D&D London. His native Calabria is well represented on the menu – highlights include eggs purgatorio (baked eggs, spicy tomato and ’nduja sauce with crostini) and home-cured cod marinated in liquorice.
For something lighter, the new cicchetti counter will be the perfect choice, and for those in search of a pick-me-up after a day shoppingMayfair’s finest labels, the Libare Bar will tempt with a seasonal twist on Italian classics, from bellinis to negronis, and homemade liqueurs by Mazzei himself. A 250-bottle wine cellar is another new addition, with sommelier Michael Simms running tastings.
It seems, indeed, that there will be something to suit everyone – and not just in the sartorial sense.