The multi-award winning San Carlo Group has launched Cicchetti Knightsbridge, the critically acclaimed brand that kickstarted the trend for cicchetti (small plates).
The newest restaurant, which sits directly opposite Harrods on Hans Road, offers elevated authentic Italian dining with just a touch of Venetian bácaro culture – expect a kaleidoscope of colourful sharing plates, fabulous wines and cocktails served in a sophisticated and effortlessly elegant setting.
The menu from Cicchetti’s Executive Chef, Andrea Parente, bursts with freshly prepared regionally inspired plates using ingredients sourced from Italy’s best artisan producers.
In keeping with the restaurant’s name, many of the dishes are designed for sharing and feature all the Cicchetti classics (from the Piccadilly, Covent Garden and Manchester restaurants) alongside seasonal specials and brand-new dishes unique to Knightsbridge.
Diners can start with an aperitivo such as a Bellini Veneziana with white peach juice and exclusively sourced prosecco alongside perfect-for-picking crostini and stuzzichini, including Prosciutto San Daniele with gnocco fritto and burrata with Parma ham and black truffle.
The main menu will feature seasonally inspired choices and Cicchetti classic signature dishes including the ever popular and decadent black truffle ravioli; burrata with smoked aubergine and toasted hazelnuts; and black salt sea bass with herb and olive oil salmoriglio.
In Venice, cicchetti are traditionally served alongside a glass of wine or two and the new restaurant’s wine list features some of the finest Italian vintages with small, family-run producers sitting alongside better-known wineries. There is crisp wine from Piedmont and Veneto in the north, through to Campania and Sardinia in the south.
Diners can also choose from Italian beers or speciality cocktails, perfect for Aperitivo Hour - opt for the Bellini Veneziana, a summery blend of white peach and prosecco; or a classic with a Negroni or Aperol Spritz.
The private dining room, seating up to 18, and is destined to be in high demand for guests looking for style and exclusivity as well as superlative food and drink.