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The well-to-do denizens of W8 have been rather taken by this elegant, warm-hearted Italian specialising in dishes from the north-western region of Liguria, and we can understand why. Passionate
young chef/owner Guglielmo Arnulfo has been a lawyer and professional rugby player in his time, but has now turned his hand to cooking the food of his childhood. The sea plays an important role in
Ligurian cuisine, so expect everything from gutsy tuna tartare to gnocchi with salt cod or cuttlefish in vegetable sauce. Octopus waggles its tentacles too, and the menu also promises
crowd-pleasers such as sea bass with tagliolini, along with stuffed courgette flowers, a Ligurian version of vitello tonnato and duck with apples. Monochrome tones and panelled motifs in the style
of artist/designer Piero Fornasetti set the scene, while the food is matched by a determinedly partisan wine list.
Guglielmo Arnulfo is a 24 years old Italian chef from Genoa with an intruiging backstory having trained as a lawyer and then playing international rugby before following his heart to spend the next few years learning how to become a chef in his native Liguria. He has now opened Acciuga, a restaurant showcasing the food of his homeland in that gastronomically underserved part of Kensington...
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