Gloria owners to launch second fun Italian in London

Just months after launching Gloria in Shoreditch, the Big Mamma group will open Circolo, another large, frenetic and imposing Italian restaurant, this time in Fitzrovia.

The “vibrant and sunny” 280-cover restaurant will feature more than 20,000 bottles of spirits along the walls, thousands of festoon lights, an outdoor terrace, and an “over the top” menu.

Included with be small cicchetti, as well as larger platters for sharing. There’ll be metre-long pizzas topped with San Marzano tomatoes and burrata, sfoglia pasta, and calamari and pork skewers cooked on the grill.

It sounds every bit as energetic as Gloria, which has divided critics since opening but has largely drawn praise thanks to its fun style and bold dishes.

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