Il Ristorante, Bulgari Hotel Knightsbridge
Il Ristorante at the Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London, brings a fresh and authentic Italian dining experience to the prestigious Knightsbridge neighbourhood with a combination of a contemporary and seasonal Italian menu and attentive Italian service.
The menu concept has been designed by Head Chef, Robbie Pepin, and draws on classic Italian gastronomic traditions and regional delicacies. The service and personal touches experienced at Il Ristorante emulate the warmth and welcome of dining enjoyed throughout Italy, such as the serving of a range of pasta dishes straight from silver pots to plate at the table.
On arrival, guests find a discreet and traditional piccoli morsi menu (literally ‘little bites’), from which they can choose three, five or seven of the antipasti to whet their appetite whilst perusing the menu; a concept found in osterie throughout Italy.The Italian experience at Il Ristorante continues with the theme of the menus, where emphasis is placed on cooking the finest seasonal dishes using refined Italian methods and techniques to preserve the natural qualities of the ingredients.
During a lifetime spent searching for the finest ingredients available; Pepin has acquired a detailed knowledge of the very best suppliers of seasonal produce from around Italy and Europe. From the famous gamberoni rossi (red prawns) found in the waters off the coast of Mazara del Vallo in Sicily, to the finest sweet basil from the D.O.P.-protected Genoa in Liguria and the juiciest lemons from the Amalfi coast, the fruit and vegetable varietals used by Pepin are especially selected for their supreme qualities.This extends to the cured meat selection on offer at Il Ristorante, which are sourced directly from the historic Antica Macalleria Falorni salumeria in Greve in Chianti and even some from the Spigaroli family of Antica Corte Pallavicina, who supplied meats for the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi in the 19th century.
Some of Il Ristorante’s signature dishes include an artisanal pasta dish made with dried, roasted and marinated tomatoes from La Motticella, Puglia, an area famous for its San Marzano tomatoes and Robbie’s take on the Milanese double piccata. This extends throughout the menu to dessert, such as a Baba soaked in lemon zest syrup, served with whipped vanilla cream and Limoncello from Minori on the Amalfi coast. A crumbly homemade sbrisilona (cookie), presented with a silver hammer for guests to break and enjoy with fresh coffee, completes the dining experience.
Being in the heart of one of London’s most popular shopping districts, a three-course Business Lunch menu, priced at £30 per head, is also available during the day for those with less time.Inspired by the à la carte menu, the quick lunch menu changes fortnightly and features a range of starters, mains and desserts all prepared with the same emphasis on quality and seasonality as the main menu. ?