Fresh from the launch of Radici in Islington, Italian chef Francesco Mazzei has announced plans to open a third restaurant in the new Battersea Power Station development this summer. Fiume – Italian for river, in reference to the Thames-side location – will serve Italian classics under the day-to-day running of head chef Francesco Chiarelli, Mazzei’s fellow-Calabrian. There will be […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of the Guardian reviewed Radici, the new Islington Italian from Francesco Mazzei of Sartoria in Mayfair and, before that, L’Anima in the City. “Taglierini, fagioli and pancetta. That’s ribbons of a thin tagliatelle-style pasta, white beans and bacon, in a dense, starchy broth of such intensity and such conviction, you could be forgiven for […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed London Shell Co, a floating restaurant aboard a 30-year-old barge which is moored at Paddington over lunch and voyages along the Regent Canal while serving dinner in the evening. “It began as a pop-up on dry land, led by actor-turned-sommelier Harry Lobek and his sister Leah. In the small, diesel-powered […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed Claude Bosi at Bibendum, welcoming the former Hibiscus head honcho’s arrival at Sir Terence Conran’s light-filled 1987 classic. “What emerges is Bibendum redux, a restaurant with a profound understanding of the simple virtues; of a classical repertoire which is robust enough to take a little refinement.” “The starters list is full […]

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D&D London has announced plans for a double restaurant opening in Leeds this spring at the new Victoria Gate shopping, eating and casino development. Japanese restaurant Issho and Manhattan-style bar and grill East 59th will divided a rooftop space between them – each with an outdoor terrace. The kitchen at Issho – which means “together” […]

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On Thursday 26 May Auction Against Hunger will return for the fourth year in a row to raise money for the restaurant industry’s charity of choice, Action Against Hunger. This time around the event will be held at the new Street Feast venue Hawker House in Canada Water where top chefs will cook up street food style […]

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The Times’s Giles Coren is so annoyed by his fellow diners inability to set aside their phones and enjoy the experience of dining at Sartoria (not to mention Francesco Mazzei’s cuisine) that he can’t taste straight… “The lighting is low but the tables are well covered by spotlights for menu-reading, the acoustics are perfect, thanks […]

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D&D London relaunched its Mayfair Italian Sartoria on 7 December following an extensive three-month refurb’. Even more interesting than the new look, though, is the new chef the group has attracted to head up the kitchen – Francesco Mazzei. The Italian chef has moved from one impressive all-rounder to another, going from the City’s L’Anima to D&D’s […]

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