Ristorante Frescobaldi London in Mayfair has been so successful since opening that another 10 restaurants under the Frescobaldi brand are planned globally, from New York to Milan and Dubai to Tokyo. We paid a visit to the hidden gem
The Frescobaldis have been making wine in Tuscany for more than 700 years (their vintages have been enjoyed through the ages by Michelangelo, the Pope and King Henry VIII) but it wasn’t until 2014 that the family opened a restaurant in London.
Ristorante Frescobaldi is a top-end Italian restaurant that brings the Tuscan experience to Mayfair. It has been praised for its exquisite food and wine pairings, and stunning interiors that include elaborate tiled murals featuring hand-painted figures from Italian history.
The Frescobaldi family supply fine wines to the restaurant in New Burlington Place and own a stake in it, whilst the Good Food Society co-own and run it.
The Frescobaldi family’s involvement in wine dates back to 1308. During the Renaissance, they traded wine for works of art with Michelangelo and were the major financiers to the Kings of England, with Henry VIII personally signing their receipts. Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I even recommended the Frescobaldis to Pope Leo X.
Despite being a stone’s throw from Regent Street, this is not the sort of place you stumble across and is, therefore, something of a hidden gem. The spacious interior has all the warmth and buzz you would expect from an Italian restaurant.
The menu is largely a take on classic Tuscan dishes – the crab bruschetta was a fresh and light starter, followed by a sublime tagliolini with autumn truffle.
This is a Mayfair restaurant at Mayfair prices but with none of the stuffiness that comes with that. If you’re looking to entertain a client with an informal but glamorous dining experience, look no further.