Sartoria is the only restaurant on Savile Row, the glamorous heart of Mayfair best known for its bespoke tailors and varied history (most notably as the former home of the Royal Geographic Society). In 2015, the restaurant went though a major refurbishment with acclaimed designer David d’Almada working on the interior and new chef patron Francesco Mazzei, who put together a stunning menu. Long considered one of London’s finest chefs, Calabrian-born Francesco is a master of Italian regional cooking. At Sartoria, Francesco has developed a menu with dishes from all over Italy, including a number of his southern favourites such as Lasagne pastachina and Lobster tagliolini.
The restaurant’s à la carte menu is traditionally structured, with antipasti (salads, raw fish and meats) followed by a primi (soups and pasta starters) and a secondi (main course). Francesco is famous for promoting Italian produce and his menu is no exception, showcasing some of the very best Italian ingredients – nduja, burrata and Sardinian fregola all feature, alongside an impressive selection of charcuterie.
To complement the food, Sartoria has an excellent wine list with a large number available by the glass. Curated by sommelier Michael Simms, the wine cellar is 250 bottles strong and expertly divided into Italian regions. Classic cocktails are also available at Satoria’s well stocked bar, as well as a range of delicious sparkling cocktails; mimosas and bellinis are popular choices.
First time visitors to Sartoria will marvel at the plush, David d’Almada-designed dining room, which features large comfy armchairs, leather bound booths and ornate carpets. The friendly and attentive front of house staff have detailed knowledge of the food and skillfully present a number of the dishes with panache. The Sartoria carbonara, for example, has the egg yolk mixed into the pasta at the table.