The Frescobaldi family, one of Italy’s oldest and most respected wine dynasties, opened its first standalone restaurant and wine bar in the UK. Following the successful footsteps of restaurants and bars in Florence and Rome, Frescobaldi brings classic Tuscan dishes to London accompanied by superb wine choices.
The family is known for their passion for exquisite food and wine pairings and the new opening is no exception. The young talented chef Roberto Reatini (formerly of Zafferano) offers his own take on classic Italian cuisine. The hors d’oeuvres menu features delicacies like red prawn carpaccio with green apple & caviar. For the main course, the chef presents such standouts as veal cheek pappardelle with rosemary bread and maltagliati pasta & cannellini beans, whilst mains include vegetables & olives ossobuco. Deserts include the mouth-watering mille-feuille with caramelised apricots.
Apart from the exquisite food, the Frescobaldi experience is always (naturally!) associated with an extensive array of wined produced by Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, a company whose extraordinary legacy encompasses nine estates (predominantly in the hills around Florence and Siena), an annual production of seven million bottles, distribution in 65 countries and countless awards.
Overseen by head sommelier Fabrizio Pavlic, formerly of the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Frescobaldi’s offering ranges from entry level wines such as Castiglioni Chianti 2013 through to such legendary names as Mormoreto, a single-vineyard cru of Castello di Nipozzano, and the flagship Frescobaldi cuvée, Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo Riserva. The list will also include the family’s sparkling wines, grappas and dessert wines. Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi wines account for around 75% of the restaurant’s list, the majority of which are available by the glass.
Frescobaldi also offers a selection of different tasting flights, inviting for the “journey” through the magical world of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi wines. The flights are a simple and fun way to taste three wines, each vinified and aged in a different way, and all from different estates or regions.
Restaurant’s interior reflects the Frescobaldi heritage, with the ceramic tiles, wooden panels, hand-painted drawings and framed pictures that adorn the walls. The warm and homey atmosphere of the private Italian dining room encourage long, leisurely meals.
In 1999 the Frescobaldis launched their first restaurant division with the aim to offer guests a contemporary and relaxed place in which to enjoy the warmth of the traditional Tuscany, where wine would reign, but always in the company of outstanding food. The opening of Frescobaldi in the heart of London ensures that this exceptional philosophy reaches an even wider audience.
Ristorante Frescobaldi London
15 New Burlington Place
London, W1S 2HX