Transport yourself to Tuscany at Mayfair’s latest and greatest Italian restaurant, Frescobaldi.
Cook up your own Italian feast with this sardine paste recipe!
Expanding from their outposts in Florence and Rome, The Frescobaldi family, otherwise known as those acclaimed Italian wine-connoisseurs, have partnered with the Good Food Society to create their first standalone restaurant in the UK, aptly named Ristorante Frescobaldi.
Slap bang in the heart of Mayfair, Frescobaldi has an intimate feel; with warm oak panelling (inscribed with the name of Frescobaldi vintages), plump leather chairs and Commedia dell’Arte illustrations covering the walls. The romantic vibe continues downstairs at the bar, where alcoves and a long leather banquet provide the perfect date setting, while décor comes in the form of bottles of Frescobaldi’s famous wine and photography books.
As expected from such an established winery (the Marchesi de’Frescobaldi’s have been one of Italy’s most celebrated wine dynasties for the past 700 years) vino is key to the Frescobaldi experience. Its wines range from ‘Mormoreto, a single-vineyard cru of Castello di Nipozzano, through to the flagship Frescobaldi cuvée, Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo Riserva’, all of which will keep you merry all evening long.
All the wine is paired perfectly with Head Chef Roberto Reatini’s exquisite Italian cuisine; a flawless combination of Tuscany’s rich tradition with a modern twist.
We started with a plate of vibrant tuna carpaccio, accompanied by avocado and juicy slices of sweet satsuma, before moving onto the rich veal cheek pappardelle with fragrant rosemary bread; one long sliver of silky pasta drenched in a melt-in-your-mouth meat ragu.
That old Italian classic, Tiramisu, was expertly served in a pyramid of smooth vanilla and coffee ice cream, creating a seamlessly sweet end to the evening.
Frescobaldi, 15 New Burlington Place, London, W1S 2HX