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The Frescobaldis have been making wine in Tuscany for more than 700 years and were purveyors of fine vintages to the court of Henry VIII; today, their Gorgona brand is produced with help from the inmates of a penal institution, as an aid to social integration. This blend of history and modern thinking also carries over to the food at the company’s first standalone restaurant. There are traditional Italian platefuls to be had (buttery gnocchi with earthy porcini, veal cutlet with mash etc), but also contemporary twists – think sea bass carpaccio with pink peppers, soy and celery or an elegant tiramisu presented as a demi-globe of mousse drizzled with coffee reduction. Frescobaldi wines, along with their own olive oil (the only condiment on the table), are served with graceful precision in the high-ceilinged, light-filled room and cosy basement bar.