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Secluded and “almost unnoticeable” in the throbbing heart of Mayfair, big-hitting Babbo is currently delivering some of “best Italian food and service in central London” according to one admiring fan. Melding French precision and labour-intensive technique, the kitchen lifts the classics to new heights: fried squid with flakes of battered artichoke is an imaginative take on fritto misto; a plate of tortelli is richly dressed with silky lemongrass velouté; and the signature lasagne with a ragù of Chianina beef is a crusty-topped, umami-loaded revelation. Although it’s owned by a football lawyer, Babbo a world away from brash, blingy razzmatazz and “exudes the quite confidence of old wealth” with its sage-green walls, family photos and rustic staircase. Animated staff confidently navigate the serene room, and their advice is invaluable when navigating the comprehensively costly – but eminently desirable – Italian wine list.


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  1. Babbo has been around for about 4 years, but changed head chef last year. The new head chef, Carlo Scotto, joined from Gordon Ramsey at Hospital Rd and has injected new life in the Mayfair venture. We had never heard of Babbo until we encountered them at the Taste Festival this summer. Their dish, Roasted Chianina beef fillet, blew us away and we decided to pay them a visit to check out some more of their cooking...
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  1. Had a work lunch and was trying not to go to all the usual Mayfair spots we go back to again and again and since @Angiesilverspoon had said great things about Babbo, I decided to suggest that.

    Babbo is cute, intimate and brightly lid inside with nice natural light flooding the entire restaurant.

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Babbo offers an intimate private dining room for seating up to 12 guests, recommended for business gatherings as well as social functions. Guests may choose from the restaurant's menu or create one specially designed for the occasion. A TV is also available for use.


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