Less pizza and more fine dining, Mayfair is the place to experience authentic, refined Italian dishes. Top Italian chefs bring a contemporary twist to classic recipes from home, and serve them in inviting, sophisticated restaurants. These are our pick of the standout Italian restaurants in Mayfair that create sublime plates of food.
The only restaurant on Savile Row, Sartoria (Italian for ‘tailoring’) is suitably fashionable, formal and well dressed, with prices to match. And with star chef Francesco Mazzei at the helm, this is Italian food at its finest. Sartoria has an all-day dining menu that Italian servers happily guide you through, making recommendations. Enjoy Francesco’s veal Milanese sharing dish for two, and in winter, journey through his thoroughly indulgent white truffle menu. This is where you come to experience something special from an Italian restaurant.
The Frescobaldi family dynasty of Florence has been producing wine since 1308, so to this attractive Mayfair restaurant, the family brings its favourite Tuscany dishes and wines. At this Italian restaurant in Mayfair, you can dine on handmade pasta, bread made in the kitchen and Laudemio olive oil from the Frescobaldi Tuscan estate. With beautifully tiled murals of the family’s wine estates gracing the walls, the setting feels personal and inviting, and the menu pays homage to Tuscan heritage. The wine list is, unsurprisingly, extensive, and the friendly staff are happy to help you find the perfect pairing.
Provenance is a priority at Piccolino. Artisan suppliers bring their freshest Italian meats, cheeses and seafood to this charming Italian restaurant on Heddon Street. With locations across the UK, Piccolino has established itself as one of the country’s top Italian restaurants. Mayfair’s Piccolino also has an Italian tapas – cicchetti – bar on the lower floor, for small bites between shopping. The reliably delicious menu at reasonable prices and the superb outdoor terrace makes it ideal for a special occasion with friends.
There’s something a little fabulous about Cecconi’s. Maybe it’s the hint of Venetian glamour in the décor – or it could be the prosecco on tap. What’s certain is this Mayfair restaurant makes the most of its prestigious address by serving exquisite food, securing its name as a neighbourhood favourite. Cecconi’s has restaurants across the world, from West Hollywood to Berlin. At Cecconi’s restaurant in Mayfair, the swift and attentive service will ensure you feel treated like the star you are. Dine on delicate parcels of crab ravioli and use chunks of bread to scoop up the last of your delicious Venetian dressing from the bowl.
Combine your Italian fine dining experience in Mayfair with the historic elegance of a night or two at The Clermont, Victoria where you’ll receive a warm welcome and lots of little luxuries.