Located on the ever-bustling Threadneedle Street, Piazza Italiana is an excellent restaurant for Christmas parties in the city. This opulent space features rustic Italian elegance everywhere you look: grand ionic pillars break line the walls, while the mezzanine looks over the dining room through stone arches. There are various spaces to choose from, some able to host as many as 80 guests, while exclusive hire allows for a party of up to 180.
The high-ceilinged, Venetian palace-esque Ante Chamber can host up to 14 guests for intimate Christmas meals. The Mezzanine Private Dining Room, meanwhile, allows for up to 20 with the addition of an extra table. This warm space is perfect for smaller private events, with its own welcome bar area.
The Mezzanine is larger still, perfect for Christmas meals of up to 40 or standing receptions of up to 60. Since this space looks over the main dining room, it's ideal for soaking in the atmosphere of the restaurant while retaining privacy. Finally, the Banking Hall is the grandest space, allowing up to 25 guests on one table or 180 when hired in its entirety.
On the menu at Christmas, you’ll find refined Italian fare hailing from all over the country. You might start with Puglian burrata, paired with maple roasted winter vegetables, oranges and tomato jus, or a cured-duck carpaccio with wine-poached pears and a lemon dressing. Those seeking pasta for their main course might enjoy tagliolini with creamy truffle sauce, fresh parmesan and fresh winter truffle. For something meatier, the steak brulee comes with caramelised truffle and pecorino sauce, caramelised onions, fresh winter truffle and triple-cooked chips.
If seafood is more your thing, you can opt for the stone-baked half lobster with parmesan garlic crust and linguine with tomato bisque. Finish things off with a festive dessert like ginger cheesecake with clementine sauce. There are also more affordable set menus, so be sure to pursue the options below.