In Italy, food is an act of love. So when you’re loving life and want to discover the real La Dolce Vita, head to Belgravia where you will be in for an Italian treat. Here, you’ll find the finest dishes from a variety of restaurants that showcases the diversity of Italian regions in all their green, white and red glory. Once tasted, never forgotten, this neighbourhood is a true homage to all things Italian.
Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon and dinner, this homage to Italy embodies Italian chic and vintage glamour. Under the watchful eye of executive chef Claudio Covino, the passionate and dedicated team creates fine dishes, which blend traditional flavours with seasonal ingredients. Favourites include salted cod fillet in a Mediterranean sauce, served on toasted homemade bread and beef fillet tagliata with wild rocket, shaved parmesan and wholegrain mustard dressing. All the dishes are complemented with an impressive wine list and selection of inventive cocktails. Try the Bull Dog, the house Negroni cocktail made with a mix of hibiscus infused gin, Campari, vermouth and orange zest or Royal Affair, an intriguing champagne cocktail with apple and cinnamon infused gin and Moscato. 20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ www.ilpampero.com
Olivo exudes Sardinian appeal from the moment you enter this Belgravia restaurant. Recently refurbished in a contemporary style reflecting enticing elements of Sardinian culture, Olivo offers a mouth-watering variety of pasta, meat, fish and vegetable dishes. For the uninitiated, Sardinian cuisine is bursting with flavour and variety and with dishes like carpacci di mare (thin slices of Mediterranean red prawns, swordfish and tuna drizzled with lemon and olive oil) and Culurgiones (Sardinian pasta parcels filled with potato, Pecorino cheese and mint), it is impossible not to be seduced by all that good Sardinian food has to offer. Olivo stands side by side with its siblings Oliveto (pizzas and Sardinian pastas); Olivocarne (contemporary meat dishes) and Olivomare (shellfish and seafood) in Belgravia, proudly waving the flag for Italophiles everywhere. 21 Eccleston Street London SW1W, 9LX www.olivorestaurants.com/olivo
Informal Italian charm
Following the success of Olivo, Mauro Sanna has identified a woeful gap when it comes to Italian informal dining. Enter Oliveto, a fabulous informal dining restaurant in Belgravia, which specialises in pizzas and traditional Sardinian pastas. Start the afternoon off with a dry Sardinian aperitif before tucking into the best pasta and pizzas Sardinia has to offer. You’d be crazy not to try the pizza Sarda on one of your visits – topped with tomato, salami, Sardinian salted ricotta cheese and chilli. 49 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PP https://www.olivorestaurants.com/oliveto
Hearty Sardinian fayre
Offering contemporary and classic selections of meat dishes, this is a carnivore’s dream. Choose from suckling pig, game, chargrilled steaks, offal, pastas and much more. The unusual and sophisticated décor reflects the modern and traditional folk elements of Sardinian culture introducing you to the rustic charm of Italy. 61 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PP https://www.olivorestaurants.com/oliveto
Secrets of the sea
As its name suggests, this is the first and last restaurant you’ll ever need to know about if you love seafood. Classics are given a Sardinian twist – and include such delights as ozze o arselle in tegame, steamed mussels or clams with garlic and parsley and lorighittas con vongole, traditional Sardinian handmade pasta with clams, grey mullet roe and chilli. Accompanied with a glass of Sardinian wine (leave the age old incorrect belief that it’s always white wine with fish), and you’ll be transported to Mediterranean heaven. 10 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0LJ https://www.olivorestaurants.com/oliveto
On the go – Andiamo!
Don’t forget to check out Olivino – the fine delicatessen and wine shop filled with fine quality Italian and Sardinian wines as well as specially imported produce, freshly made sauces, pasta, salads, sandwiches and made to offer coffee and Olivogelo the perfect pick me up gelateria, offering a large selection of homemade, natural and authentic gelati produced in-house daily. www.olivorestaurants.com/olivino www.olivorestaurants.com/olivogelo
A feast for the senses
Il Convivio was actually a term coined by Dante Alighieri, the 13th century poet and means meeting over food and drink (something anti-establishment philosophers of the era did quite frequently, apparently.) You don’t need to be to be anti-establishment but when you visit, be prepared for some of the most exquisite Italian cuisine available. A favourite with visitors and locals alike, head chef, Cedric Neri has perfected the dishes so that they are true ode to Italy. Whether you choose the restaurant or the al fresco conservatory, you’re in for a treat with delicious dishes like ravioli filled with mixed wild mushrooms with a truffle emulsion and fresh black seasonal truffle shavings and lightly pan fried sea bass with fine herb marinated courgettes with a basil infused olive oil and cherry tomato confit. Don’t forget to leave room for dolci and cafè– the puff pastry tart with an orange and grapefruit crème patissiere is a real treat. 143 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QN 143 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QN www.ilconvivio.co.uk
From Puglia to Pimlico
All the way from Puglia, southern Italy, Enoteca Turi is a family run restaurant with an award winning wine list, offering regionally inspired, traditional and seasonal dishes. The menu is inspired by Giuseppe Turi’s memories growing up on a farm in Puglia – a region known for its fresh and abundant produce. After moving to London in 1982, and training as a sommelier at the neighbouring Connaught Hotel, he opened the restaurant with his wife. Taste the sunshine as you tuck into antipasti, pasta and secondo piatti dishes including homemade bresaola with puntarelle, celery and anchovy dressing from Lazio and the gorgeous pan roasted monkfish with fritedda – Sicilian braised artichoke from Sicily. The menus are designed with the diversity of Italian food heritage in mind – region by region – so grab your cutlery and go on an Italian foodie road trip. 87 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8PH www.enotecauri.com