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The first London outing for chef/restaurateur Valentino Salagean, who runs a 10-strong chain of Italian eateries in Bucharest under the Il Calcio banner, this recent arrival on the Mayfair scene
offers a comprehensive run through the archetypal trattoria repertoire. Bruschetti, carpaccios, tartares and assorted antipasti give way to pasta, risottos, grills and familiar main courses, with
standouts including bresaola della Valtellina with rocket and goats’ cheese, polenta with porcini and homemade sausages, sea bream baked in a salt crust and veal escalopes with capers, olives and
roasted peppers. A well-presented regional Italian wine list provides ample support, while the dining room is a warm, inviting space done out with gold walls, crimson velvet chairs, banquettes and
Walking in the door of Il Calcio, my first impression was of impeccable taste and style. The new restaurant, on North Audley Street somehow manages to be sumptuously elegant without overpowering. Very comfortable banquette seating upholstered in silvery grey velvet stripes, white linen tablecloths and roses on every table.This Italian restaurant is the London flagship for an already well established business. Il Calcio has a group of restaurants in Romania and founder Valentin Salagean has plans for a second branch on the Old Brompton Road. Valentin learnt his skills as a restauranteur from the bottom...
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