Housed within the boutique Hotel Xenia, Evoluzione is the first London outing for ‘cucina evolution’ – an innovative Italian concept built on the slogan ‘where the art of cooking meets the science of nutrition’. Pioneered by chef and lecturer Chiara Manzi, it offers a new take on ‘healthy eating’ combining big flavours with balance and a low calorie intake. Manzi’s alumni will be taking turns to cook over the coming months, so expect a menu of salads, pastas, risottos and even tiramisu in startling new guises, with revealing notes beside each item: octopus is cooked at a low temperature and served with guazetto tomato sauce, basil and turmeric (a dish full of anthocyanin and antioxidant lycopene), while linguine comes with iced pesto, potatoes and French beans (the ice helps vitamin C retention). The nutritional ethos also extends to the choice of wines and water.
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