31 July 2014

Il Calcio

020 7768 6561

33 North Audley Street, London W1K 6ZQ

£54.00 Italian Mayfair, Oxford Street
  • Wine: £23.00
  • Champagne: £19.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

Square Meal Review of Il Calcio ?

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 wooden floors.

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  1. Il Calcio

    33 North Audley Street, London W1K 6ZQ
    Overall rating:
    Shirley G.

    Great meal with Clients


    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  1. Il Calcio – a Romanian Italian in London: Walking in the door of Il Calcio, my first impression was of good taste.  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 up, originally in New York working as a waiter at Nello’s.  He worked his way up through the kitchen, eventually becoming a restaurant manager, then returning to Romania to build Il Calcio there.  And, in the house magazine he speaks of a dream to open a restaurant in London. Here it is then, a Romanian Italian in London.  No different to a Russian American in London (Goodman) or for that matter an English Italian in Russia (Jamie’s) but I was curious – what would the food be like? As it happens the food was pretty good. I started with [...]
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  • Address: 33 North Audley Street, London W1K 6ZQ
  • Telephone: 020 7768 6561
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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