⦿ In the Observer, Jay Rayner reviewed Barbecoa, the new Piccadilly flagship from Jamie Oliver (pictured, left, with Raymond Blanc), a grand and expensive “meat and smoke extravaganza“. “It feels like a big New York brasserie crossed with a branch of Hawksmoor. The real action is downstairs in a basement space which laughs in the […]

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⦿ In The Observer, Jay Rayner reviewed Aquavit, the St James’s offshoot of an “award-garlanded” Swedish restaurant in New York – “And, oh boy, check out that swagger.” It turned out to be “a proper Nordic noir thriller but for all the wrong reasons… It’s altogether more Trump Tower than Wallander. Everything is shiny and golden […]

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Jamie Oliver is to close six of his Jamie’s Italian restaurants, his company blaming a “tough market” along with “post-Brexit pressures and unknowns” for the move. Is this one of the first examples of 2017 of under-performing businesses reaching for the Brexit ‘get out of jail free’ card? The closures are at Ludgate Hill in […]

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A rule-breaking pizzeria bringing the values of the Slow Food movement to the ultimate Italian fast food opened in Hoxton Square this week. Radio Alice, named after an underground Bologna radio station shut down by the carabiniere in the 1970s, cooks the pizza base separately from the topping – apparently to “avoid incinerating the feisty […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed Margot in Covent Garden, a “fancy Italian” where dinner-jacketed waiters have “that easy, relaxed style around food which really pisses off the French because they haven’t a clue how to do it.” “At Margot they can offer you a special of tagliatelle with white truffles for £55 and not even raise their […]

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The team behind east London high-flying former pop-up The Clove Club has announced plans to open a “Britalian” restaurant and bar in St John Street near Smithfield meat market next month. Orkney-born chef Isaac McHale said Luca would present British produce “through an Italian lens”, with dishes such as ravioli of grouse with potato and […]

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TV chef Gino D’Acampo is parking his pasta machine on Jamie Oliver’s lawn with the announcement that his third My Restaurant will open in Leeds city centre by the end of the year – directly opposite Jamie’s Italian. Billed as “the UK’s favourite Italian chef”, D’Acampo made his name through TV appearances including a victorious […]

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The Belpassi Bros’ long-promised permanent restaurant (we first remember writing about the possibility back in 2014!) will open on Saturday 6 August. Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi, famed for their meatball truck (parked at Spitalfields Market) will be swapping the streets of Shoreditch for South London with a 40-cover restaurant and bar in Tooting. To celebrate the launch […]

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Diners looking for a relaxing lunch need look no further than Kensington’s Baglioni hotel, situated just on the edge of Hyde Park. The hotel’s new, modern Italian dining room, inspired by the traditional, Milanese trattorias of the 1950s – Osteria 60 – is offering three courses for £29, including coffee and water. Book your table at […]

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The team behind South Ken’s Macellaio RC – which has long been “knocking more macho steak houses into a cock hat” according to our reporters – will launch a new restaurant in Southwark’s Union Yard arches in August 2016. Founder Robert Costa first expanded his winning formula of “the best steaks ever” paired with an ingenious […]

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