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This ‘fun' gastro-complex from Russian restaurant guru Arkady Novikov is often ‘rammed to the hilt' with Eurotrash and new-money oligarchs, many of whom graduate to the swanky Asian Restaurant. However, the venue also includes an Italian eatery done out in more subdued style with oak-framed mirrors, chandeliers and handmade tiles – plus an imposing wood-fired oven. Chef Carmelo Carnivale has moved on to launch Ballaro, but the kitchen still deals in upmarket trattoria food, including a host of antipasti – from vitello tonnata to sea bass carpaccio, After that, order pasta (tagliolini with pecorino or trofie with wild rabbit ragù) or trade up to mains such as calf’s liver with butter and sage. Although it doesn’t have the clout of its Asian-themed neighbour, this is a fair shout if you’re looking for an off-radar Italian in Mayfair.

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  1. Well, he called last night about 3 a.m. and we got talking, he sells Russian hats down at Battery Park, forty bucksJerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld episode “The Chicken Roaster”)What has in common Japanese, Italian and Russian? Apparently Novikov. The Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov opened a huge space with a lounge, Asian room, and Italian room. Novikov has more than 50 restaurants in Moscow and now he's up to the quest to conquer London with two head chefs and two sommeliers one for each room and cuisine to double the fun.The placeThe place is luxurious, spacious, and noisy. We were a big group from a reunion of the MSc and ended in the Italian room to try Marco Torri menu. Lovely red Barolo wine, for starters we shared burrata con pomodorini, carpaccio di filetto di manzo, and calamari fritti. Nice flavours, fresh ingredients, good start.CalamariFor main I got the Ossobuco con risotto alla Milanese. Amazing, great flavour, everything spot on, but the risotto was exceptional.Veal OssobucoI also had the chance to try the Bistrca di manzo, outstanding, the flavour of the 28 days aged rib eye steak was just great.For dessert we shared a couple tiramisu, really nice and lovley flavours.TiramisuTo end a shot of Limoncello and I got a Santa Teresa 1796, a great finish, neat Venezuelan rum, one of the best rums for sure, outstanding.LimoncelloThe colour of rumIf you like opulence, high prices, good service, and nice food this is your kind of place.NovikovT: 020 7399 4330Italian Cuisine / Asian CuisineApprox Damage: £70ppArea: MayfairBorough: City of WestminsterTwitter: NovikovLondonView Larger Map
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