Giuseppe and Pamela Turiâ€™s â€œpersonalâ€ yet â€œefficientâ€ stalwart has moved from its long-time Putney Bridge location to Pimlico on the former site of Tinello (RIP). Let's hope it still offers â€œa truly memorableâ€ combination of â€œbeautifully cooked, regional Italian cuisineâ€ and one of Londonâ€™s top Italian wine lists (â€œabout the size of the Encyclopaedia Britannicaâ€).
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“If you like Italian wine there is nowhere better in London” than Giuseppi and Pamela Turi’s Pimlico venture which – having lost their SW15 premises of decades standing due to a rent review – “has magnificently managed the tumultuous move from Putney to near Sloane Square”, and offers Sig. Turi’s “wonderful wine list, embellished by his own personal remarks”. Its new home is more “elegant” than its last, but it’s the “family touch that elevates the place above the norm” and “preserves what was good about its original incarnation, while becoming smarter”. The “trusty northern Italian menu augmented by seasonal daily specials” has also transplanted well, although some old regulars note that “overall it seems more expensive now, making it more of a special occasion than a regular treat”.
When Giuseppe and Pamela Turi lost their premises of decades' standing near Putney Bridge, who would have predicted they would undertake and pull off this "very successful move"? Still "SW15's major loss is Pimlico's gain", and their newcomer remains true to the "lovely, family-run, regional Italian" it has always been, even if the "relaxed but refined" setting is now "far superior" here. Service remains "genial" yet "dedicated", the "northern Italian menu provides regional dishes you won't find elsewhere", but the big deal remains Signor Turi's "exceptional" list of Italian wines with his own annotations - "highly educational, with superb, lesser-known vintages" and "a civilised approach to mark-ups".
Our menu is inspired by regional Italian cuisine which adapts traditional methods of cooking to the contemporary restaurant scene. One look will tell you that we have not compromised our dishes, and the unusual ingredients on our menu are not often seen outside their traditional region in Italy. The Proprietors, Giuseppe and Pamela Turi Giuseppe Turi, originally from Puglia, came to London in 1982, where he joined the Athenaeum Hotel, and became the Sommelier. Having moved to the Connaught Hotel in 1985 as Sommelier, he was later promoted to Maitre D’. He then rejoined the Athenaeum in 1987 as Restaurant Manager, and left to open Enoteca Turi in 1990. During this period, Giuseppe acquired the Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and took part in the Sommelier of the Year Competition, gaining second place in 1987. On opening Enoteca Turi, Giuseppe immediately realised that being Italian did not automatically provide him with the knowledge of its complex food heritage, and understood that a lot of work would be needed to build the Italian restaurant he had envisaged. Pamela Turi, a qualified teacher, with a degree in Classics from Bristol University. joined Giuseppe in 1992, at a critical stage in the restaurant’s growth. Thanks to her invaluable managerial ability, Enoteca Turi was able to focus and grow as a business. Pamela’s role involves PR, Human Resources, research and writing restaurant literature and organising events. Restaurant Manager Cesare Papagna Cesare has had over 20 years in the hospitality sector, having worked both in Italy and in the UK. In his career, he has had wide managerial experience in establishments such as Cipriani Restaurant, Francos Restaurant and Novikov in Mayfair. As well as his strong work ethic, and pride in achieving results, he shows particular ability in motivating staff to perform to their maximum potential, and enjoys building lasting professional guest relationships. At Enoteca Turi, Cesare has been entrusted with the task of pushing forward the vision of excellent customer service to an even higher level. He has found the right environment to use his knowledge of the industry and undoubted communication skills. He shares Giuseppe’s vision of excellence and since he started in March 2015, has thrown himself into the challenge of getting to know our regular diners, and helping to make their experience a memorable one. In Cesare’s words: “As time unfolds, so do guest expectations and the desire to have a genuine experience. I enjoy hosting our guests at Enoteca Turi, ensuring that they experience conviviality in the truest sense of the word. Local neighbourhood restaurants are “hidden gems” playing an important part in their communities, They bring individuality and at the same time maintain integrity in an industry that is increasingly producing food to a formula.” Opening Times Monday - Thursday, Lunch 12.00 - 14.30, Dinner 18.00 - 22.30 Friday & Saturday, Lunch 12.00 - 14.30, Dinner 18.00 - 23.00
WINE LIST OF THE YEAR
Enoteca Turi wins Wine list of the Year from among shortlist of 4
Giuseppe Turi’s magnificent Pimlico Italian restaurant, Enoteca Turi won the award for London’s Most Interesting Wine List, thanks to Sig Turi’s “wonderful list, embellished by his own personal remarks”.
Enoteca Turi Restaurant Diner Reviews
"We have gone frequently to both Enoteca Turia and Caraffini, both Italians and located close to each other. We feel that the food at Enoteca is significantly better; not at the standards of a Hunan or Five Fields, but better than Caraffini which, while good, is not special. Entice is always very good and, ad you mention, the wine list is superb. Therefore the "3' rating in your current guide seems a bit harsh."
"This has to be one of the best restaurants in London. Up there with the icons. The move from its rather nondescript residency in Putney has uplifted it to a new height. The decor is elegant but easy to be at home in. Service is bright, attentive and makes you feel looked after. And what a wine list! It can be easy on the wallet but one really could go wild. It gives you a complete tour of Italy for your palette. A great location in one of London's pleasant areas and easy to get to. One of our favourites."