Sites don't come much more impressive than the Grade-II listed Piazza Italiana on historic Threadneedle Street in the City of London. This majestic building was one the British Linen Bank, but today it provides a grand setting for some classic Italian cooking, courtesy of Sicilian chef Remo Mazzucato. Mazzucato and team have assembled a menu that shines a light on great dishes from all over Italy, focusing on authenticity and seasonal ingredients. Expect a menu that covers arancini, burrata and Italian antipasti, as well as classic pasta dishes, meat and fish dishes, sharing platters and cicchetti.
Piazza Italiana also offers a number of private dining areas for hire, each one as spectacular as the last. The jewel in the crown at Piazza Italiana is without doubt the Ante Chamber room - a private dining room designed as a contemporary interpretation of the old Venetian palaces. A chandelier hangs from the high ceiling, casting moody shadows across the room. This space is about grandeur, but the colour palette is soft and muted, giving the Ante Chamber a feeling of relaxed opulence. With capacity for 12 diners, this is the perfect space for a cosy dinner with friends or family.
If you're looking for something a little larger, Piazza Italiana also has a private dining room on the mezzanine, which will comfortably seat 22 guests. Wood-panelled and low-lit, the Mezzanine private dining room has an intimate feel, but also works well for more formal corporate dinners and meetings.
Those looking for a more flexible dining space for a larger group may want to look at the mezzanine area, which can be hired outright and has capacity for 40 guests. Or, why not hire out the whole restaurant? Piazza Siciliana is available for exclusive hire, with capacity for 185 dinner guests across multiple floors.