Neighbourhood pizzeria Zia Lucia – dubbed “the best thing to happen around Holloway Road for some time” by our reporters – is opening a second restaurant in west London on Saturday 3 February. Following the success of their Islington original (it’s “mega busy” so “remember to book”) founders Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca D’Angelo will bring their signature 48-hour, slow fermented […]

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The Godfather of Italian cooking, and self-confessed ‘mushroom maniac’, Antonio Carluccio died this week aged 80. The chef and restaurateur opened his first restaurant in London in 1981 in Covent Garden’s Neal Street, and went on to become a household name publishing 22 cookbooks and starring in several TV programs, including Antonio Carluccio’s Italian Feast and […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed Plot in Tooting, “a sliver of a restaurant serving terrible cocktails and great food in one of south London’s traditional covered markets”. “Thick curls of squid, crusted with a chorizo crumb on a salad of tomatoes that taste of something, is a bit of textural fun. It’s followed by a dainty […]

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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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The owner of Mayfair seafood restaurant Assunta Madre has been arrested in his native Italy on money-laundering charges. Gianni Micalusi was arrested with his two sons, his bank manager and accountant and is accused by Rome prosecutors of laundering nearly â‚¬900,000 in cash from “illegal activities”. He was remanded in custody. Micalusi, a rotund 52-year-old former fisherman, […]

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⦿ In The Observer, Jay Rayner reviewed Aquavit, the St James’s offshoot of an “award-garlanded” Swedish restaurant in New York – “And, oh boy, check out that swagger.” It turned out to be “a proper Nordic noir thriller but for all the wrong reasons… It’s altogether more Trump Tower than Wallander. Everything is shiny and golden […]

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