What: Camillo Benso
In a nutshell: High-end Italian dining
Summing it all up: From Milan to Mayfair, this new upmarket Italian restaurant features all the primi, secondi, pasta and pizza you need for a taste of la dolce vita.
Those after a bit of la dolce vita this summer can now indulge without the plane fare, thanks to the arrival of Milan’s own Camillo Benso in the well-to-do environs of Mayfair.
The London branch of Camillo Benso is its first sister restaurant and will be dishing up fine Italian cuisine including:
- Spaghetti alla Nerano, with fried courgettes
- Paccheri al Ragu
- Beef Tartare
- Cotoletta alla Milanese
You’ll definitely want to make sure you try the bread too, which is made using a special recipe imported from three-star Michelin restaurant, Reale, in the country’s Abruzzo region.
If you’re just passing through, or are after something less full on, there’ll be a pizza oven churning out all the classics, plus a well-stocked cocktail bar on hand offering aperitivo and nibbles.
Produce will be fresher than fresh, “delivered daily from Italy”, but despite that - and the upmarket neighbourhood - we’ve been told there’ll be less of a hefty price tag than one might imagine. (Though considering that Mayfair is also home to a soup that costs over £150, it’s good to remember price tags are all relative.)
In the kitchen, there’ll be a team of Italian chefs, including Luigi Esposito who learned the ropes in the country’s Neapolitan region, and trained under Michelin-starred Antonino Cannavacciuolo.
Camillo Benso, which opened its first restaurant three years ago in Milan, has plans to expand to new branches in New York and Miami.
More about Camillo Benso
Where is it? 8-10 Blenheim Street, London W1S 1LJ
When does it open? 1 August 2018
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