Trattoria Brutto to open in September

Russell Norman has revealed his new restaurant Trattoria Brutto will open in September.

Following a short delay caused by licensing issues, the Polpo founder will launch his latest venture at the former Hix Oyster and Chop House in Smithfield.

Trattoria Brutto will serve Italian food as expected of Norman and will open from 8am for coffee, pastries, sandwiches and breakfast Prosecco, before serving lunch and dinner dishes in the 70-cover space. There will be ten more seats at the bar, and a further ten outside.

On the menu will be wild boar pappardelle, chicken liver on toast, peposo (beef stew), and lampredotto (spicy tripe sandwich).

The head chef will be Oliver Diver, who graduated from Westminster Kingsway College and started his career at Polpo in Soho. More recently, Diver worked at Wild Honey, before heading to Allegra where he was senior sous.

The restaurants’ general manager will be Monique Sierra, who trained in New York before spending 11 years at Giraffe. She was later group GM at Polpo, overseeing six sites.

Norman and Richard Beatty opened the first Polpo in London’s Soho in September 2009 and grew the group to eight sites. Two, in Soho and Chelsea, remain.

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