1. The independent company behind San Carlo has previously created some of the greatest standalone contemporary Italian restaurants.
Think Signor Sassi in Knightsbridge, Piccadilly’s Cicchetti and sites in Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Leeds and Leicester, plus further afield with locations in Qatar, Bahrain and Bangkok.
2. This new opening is a big deal.
One of the world’s most celebrated Italian chefs, Alberico Penati, has had an enviable career at some of the most renowned establishments across the globe, including Ristorante Carpaccio, the first Italian restaurant in France to win a Michelin star, Harry’s Bar at Annabel’s, Alberico at Aspinalls and also private members’ club, 5 Hertford Street, in Mayfair.
3. It’s all about the seasons.
Using only the finest Italian produce, be it veal from Tuscany, beef from Piemonte or tomatoes from Sicily, Alberico’s menus include plenty of seasonal choices served alongside classic dishes.
4. You simply must try the signature tagliata.
The new spring-summer menu includes coda di rospo stufato con cipollotti e fave (monkfish stewed with shallots and broad beans), Tagliolini con granchio e Carciofi (tagliolini with crab and artichokes) – and, our top tip, Tagliata di manzo al rosmarino, lattuga salata (beef tagliata with rosemary and sautéed lettuce). Oh my.
5. Don’t forget to look up – and down.
The interiors have been in design for many moons. Specially commissioned master craftsmen have got their mitts on only the finest materials, from honed Arabescato marble and steamed beech with a high gloss lacquered finish, more usually found on board superyachts. Rare stones – brown Collemandina marble and Crema Marfil – one of the most highly valued in the world – make up for the floor, with bespoke furniture created in Italy and fabrics and wall coverings by Christian Lacroix, together with some of Italy’s finest leather suppliers. One of a kind Insta-gold, no less. Go now, before everyone else hears about it.