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 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 is offering 1,000 three-course set meals for £10 each on Wednesday October 5 to celebrate its 10th birthday. Telephone bookings open on Monday September 26 with a limit of four guests per booking, and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis at 10 of the group’s London restaurants, including Le Pont de la Tour, Sartoria, […]

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Heston Blumenthal heads a line-up of industry heavyweights mincing words on the food and drink stage at FT Weekend Live, the pink-un’s first foray onto the festival scene, at Kenwood House in Hampstead on Saturday (September 3). Mr B will explain how British culture, science and history shaped the ideas that led to his restaurants, […]

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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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We’ve teamed up with the good people of Twizoo to announce the top 5 trending restaurants on Twitter each week in London. Twizoo is an app that gives restaurant recommendations based on what people are saying on Twitter, and analyses over 50,000 incoming tweets per week to determine which restaurants are attracting the most buzz. […]

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Good grief but D&D London are really going for it at the moment! Not only did they launch the gargantuan 400-odd-cover German Gymnasium in King’s Cross last year, and install chef Francesco Mazzei at the newly refurbished Sartoria, but the group has just unveiled photos from its newest venture on the former site of Floridita […]

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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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