SquareMeal Review of
Alto by San Carlo
Following a string of short pop ups, Selfridges’ rooftop is now home to a branch of international Italian restaurant brand San Carlo, which is currently signed up until May 2019. Alto makes up for the lack of view via an Instagram-friendly floral installation that greets guests upon entry, while hanging foliage and wicker chairs add to the ‘bring the outside in’ vibe. Attractive and efficient staff glide between tables topping up drinks, while the menu is as we’ve come to expect from the San Carlo group – extensive, designed to share, straightforwardly Italian – and generally executed to a high standard.
Kick off with smaller plates such as creamy burrata topped with earthy truffle shavings and Parma ham, and ham croquettes with an oozing centre. Larger plates include Neapolitan-style pizzas topped with the likes of fiery nduja, spicy sausage and buffalo mozzarella, or a bowl of tagliolini al granchio: thin strings of pasta with soft crab meat, bursts of cherry tomatoes and plenty of cream. Aperol spritzes and Prosecco suit the fun and breezy atmosphere while, for dessert, there is tiramisu, panna cotta or, if you can’t decide, a dessert tray which serves you a little bit of everything. Alto might not merit the trip to the top floor unless you're already in Selfridges, but for in-store dining, it's a star buy.
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