Kurt Zdesar has done it again! His culinary empire, which includes some of London’s top restaurants – Chotto Matte, Nobu and Black Roe to name a few, gained a new addition last month. He has teamed up with Chef Stefano Stecco to bring an Italian dining venture to Marylebone. They travelled around Italy and the UK to source the finest organic ingredients to form the range of dishes for the exquisite Italian menu.
The entrance of the restaurant gives nothing away. The large wooden block doors create a sense of exclusivity and intrigue as to what’s inside. You could easily walk passed not knowing whether the doors lead in to a club, restaurant or a warehouse.
Similarly to his other restaurants there is an authentic yet sophisticated atmosphere inside. The curved red lined ceiling resembles the interior of a pizza oven and the marble top bar is beautiful!
Everything is made in-house and the menu includes hand rolled pasta and pizza as well as a selection of meat dishes. There will be a panetteria opening soon where baked goods made in Fucina’s kitchen, including bread and pastries, will be sold.
- Wood fired sweet potato, spiced yoghurt and spring onion
- Il Mercato pizza (without mozzarella)
The sweet potato was delicious and had a smoky taste to it. I really enjoyed the spiced yoghurt that accompanied it. The pizza tasted very fresh and was perfectly thin and crispy just how I like it. I was disappointed that the only seasonal vegetable to be found on it was broccoli. The menu states ‘seasonal market vegetables’ and its surprising broccoli was the only vegetable available this season. However, the pizza was delicious and I have no complaints in terms of flavour (even without cheese!). Simplicity just works sometimes.
Perfect for: date night, a special occasion
Check out my review of Chotto Matte – another one of Kurt Zdesar’s hotspots.