Cleaner Products are delighted to welcome Locanda Locatelli on board, one of the finest Michelin-starred restaurants in London and noted as much for its conviviality as the quality of its food.
One of London’s most highly regarded Italian chefs, Giorgio Locatelli recently saw his restaurant closed following a gas explosion, soon after having it refurbed at a cost of £1.2 million. Undeterred by this, he has reopened on the same site. Giorgio’s background shaped the attitudes that remain part of his distinctive character today – but, keen to test his knowledge and explore the world, he came to London to serve a 4 year apprenticeship with Anton Edelmann’s brilliant, Escoffier-inspired cuisine at The Savoy. Three years in Paris – at Laurent and La Tour d’Argent – were followed by a period of travel and then return to London. In 1995 a new restaurant, Zafferano, opened in Belgravia and Giorgio Locatelli was the head chef who led the restaurant to its, and his own, first Michelin star in just four years. In 2002 Giorgio and his wife Plaxy opened Locanda Locatelli. Now as chefpatron, Giorgio has established Locanda Locatelli as a place noted as much for its intimacy and family atmosphere as the quality of its food. The next year Giorgio won his Michelin star on home ground, an honour he has retained every year since. In October 2016, Giorgio was awarded the Commendatore OMRI by Italian Ambassador Terracciano for services to Italian gastronomy, the equivalent of a British knighthood.
The menu is just as before, ranging voraciously through styles, regions and ingredients (some little known). There’s technique aplenty, but it’s food made to be relished as well as admired. Among the many pasta dishes we’ve enjoyed: lasagnetti with salt cod, anchovies and capers, tagliatelle richly sauced with goat kid and chilli, and gnocchetti with mushroom and generous quantities of black truffle. Milky-soft suckling pig with mash, and disappearingly tender calf’s sweetbreads with jerusalem artichokes are some of the most memorable meat options. The comfortable surrounds allow the food to take centre stage. The wine list is a positively educational survey of Italy’s regions, with good choices, particularly of dessert wines, by the glass.
To sample the delights of this outstanding restaurants head to www.locandalocatelli.com or call the reservations team on 0207 935 9088