From the owners of Manicomio in Chelsea and St Paul’s (known for their “glorious al fresco seating” but perhaps not their culinary prowess) comes an ambitious-sounding new Italian restaurant near Spitalfields Market. Canto Corvino opened this week in the City’s labyrinthine backstreets on Artillery Lane. This week only (21-27 September) there will be a 50% off food soft launch offer.
The name translates into English as ‘song of the raven’ (a reference to the road’s former name, Ravens Row) and is a 140-cover, all-day dining affair. Restaurateurs Andrew and Ninai Zarach have spared no expense on the interior its would seem, hiring B3 Designers (who have worked on the likes of Roka, Lima, Gymkhana and Bubbledogs) to create a sleek industrial interior, drawing on the building’s warehouse aesthetic, with the obligatory open kitchen.
The menu is split into seven parts: Stuzzichini (nibbles) which include Portland crab arancini and Saltmarsh lambs ribs with smoked aubergine & sesame; Salumi (cured meats); Crudo (raw plates) featuring mackerel and Hereford beef carpaccio; Pasta/Zuppa including blood sausage gnudi and Rhug Estate chicken brodo with vermicelli; Al Forno – hake with lardo, anchovies & rosemary and short rib Rossini with autumn truffles, leeks and roast cabbage; Josper (the grill) offers Old Spot pork T-bone, onion squash, salsa verde & burnt plums, Veal Speidino with Roman artichokes, pancetta and Marsala and more; and the Dolci section which delivers Tiramisu and Macadamia & fig tart with lime crème fraÃ®che.
A Feasting menu can be enjoyed in the 20-seater private dining room. The wine list focuses on Italian varieties (as one would expect), a selection of retro Italian cocktails and aperitifs are also available from the bar. Monday 21-Sunday 27 September 50% off food only.