Sartoria

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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Sartoria

Silver Award

Mayfair’s restaurant scene is largely split between two distinct camps, namely that of flashy joints which double up as bars and court the young Instagram-loving crowd, and those that speak to the Mayfair of old, serving traditional food in elegant and refined settings.

Italian restaurant Sartoria, part of D&D London and headed up by chef Francesco Mazzei, falls into the latter camp. As befits the Savile Row location, Sartoria is home to a stylish bar by the entrance, which leads through to the stately dining room, where you can expect a mix of honeycomb columns and white tablecloths which give the room a sense of grandeur, while curved banquette seating and vibrant floral arrangements stop things from feeling too stuffy.

Mazzei’s “amazing Italian food” sees the menu divided up traditionally into antipasti, primi, secondi and contorni. He’s not afraid of simplicity, as shown in starters such as mounds of sweet brown and white crab presented alongside pickled radish and green apple, or a plate of seasonal vegetables with puréed pulses. However, like his well-dressed clientele, Mazzei isn’t averse to luxury either: witness the likes of Grana Padano risotto with saffron and pigeon, or tagliolini with Scottish lobster.

The spaghetti carbonara is always the star of the show for us, arriving at the table hidden underneath an avalanche of black truffle shavings. Push these aside to reveal a glossy egg yolk in the centre, leaking along the thick strands of spaghetti. Creamy, rich and comforting, this is the sort of truly sensational pasta dish that we could see ourselves returning for again and again.

Main courses are also worthy of top billing – we loved the home-cured black cod with its lingering liquorice taste and we also liked the look of roasted pork belly with n’duja and honey.

High prices and a mature crowd may not be appealing to younger Mayfair diners (none of the customers on our visit looked under 40) but Sartoria does have an ace up its sleeve with its sumptuous Libare Bar. A perfect spot for date-night drinks, Libare doles out the Italian classics like Bellinis, Negronis and Spritzes. If that’s not enough to tempt you, the intimate street-side terrace is a great spot for people watching. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Sartoria

Time moves relatively slowly when it comes to Mayfair’s classic restaurants, and Sartoria’s thorough refurb (along with the arrival of chef/patron Francesco Mazzei from L’Anima) is still news on Savile Row. The place now looks pin-sharp, of course, if a little stately with its heavy furniture and hotel-neutral palette – although Mazzei’s emphatically “wonderful” cooking elevates the experience to something approaching “faultless”, with back-up from an “incredible” wine list.

He’s not afraid of simplicity, stuffing romanesco peppers with salt cod or pairing brown and white crab with green apple and pickled radish. Like his well-dressed patrons, he’s not averse to the luxurious, either: try Grana Padano risotto with saffron and duck livers, generous veal milanese for two, or slow-roasted Black Pig belly with pickled vegetables and black pudding.

To finish, insist on zabaglione – think of it as keeping a craft skill alive, not drinking a bowl of expensive custard. Meanwhile, in the late-licence bar, it’s snacks and Negronis a go-go.

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Special offers from Sartoria

Set Lunch Menu: 2/3 courses £25/£30

From: 9 September, 2019
To: 1 January, 2021
Max: 6
Enjoy our set menu every week day in the Restaurant - 2/3 courses from £25/£30
Availability: Sun-Fri 12:00PM-2:30PM

Location for Sartoria

20 Savile Row, Mayfair, London, W1S 3PR

020 7534 7000

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 07:00-11:00
Tue 07:00-11:00
Wed 07:00-11:00
Thu 07:00-11:00
Fri 07:00-11:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 11:00-23:00
Sun Closed

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13 Reviews 
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Ariane M

26 July 2019  
Amazing Italian food, lovely service, elegant decor.

Alasdair S

05 April 2019  
Top Italian food.

Stan A

27 June 2018  
I have been eating there quite a bit lately. Excellent quality and I do like the wine list and the ambience. The decor and ambience suit the name and the location. It's not cheap but I have felt that I have had my money's worth.

Clive G

15 June 2017  
Food and service are first rate. Food was perfectly cooked and served with style.

Siobhan C

04 May 2017  
Very new glam settings, food is seasonal and fresh, wines compliment very well.

Paul P

Delivers
05 February 2017  
Since the reincarnation, this restaurant impresses consistently. I've only been for business lunches for which the service is efficient and the spacing means you're not overheard. But the food has been a pleasant surprise on all three occasions.
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Rob C

13 May 2016  
Wonderful food and a incredible wine list...faultless.

Paul A

More good than very good
15 February 2016  
Given that the French Guide Michelin has had the courage to award 54 new stars in its 2016 edition, it is encouraging that UK chefs are continuing to work towards ever higher standards knowing that it is unlikely that their efforts will affect the increasingly negative and increasingly unjustifiable ratio of stars between the UK and France, even though, whatever The Sunday Times may say, there are precious few chefs in this country who would actually refuse a star or two or three. So, should Francesco Mazzei bother? Sartoria is difficult to judge in some respects; it copes with a very sizeable number of covers, split between the cavernous main dining room, which almost has the look of canteen, and this certainly contributes to some lack of ambience, and three private dining rooms. However, the canny lay-out of the tables and the, in most cases, relaxed efficiency of the front of house staff, does make it feel like it should be a fine-dining restaurant. There is no permanent tasting menu, but we were lucky enough to be offered a special Valentine’s Day set menu. Another factor working in favour of fine-dining status is the excellent wine list, especially, as you would expect, the superb selection of Italian beauties, but also a decent choice of wines by the glass and half bottles. So does the food swing it? To go with our Prosecco some bread was served with some olive oil but without any descriptive detail, and no amuse-bouche was forthcoming, so, having persuaded our waiter to persuade the kitchen to change the menu main course from beef to the dish people, and food critics, are talking about, namely cod marinated in liquorice, and having chosen a suitable bottle for the three seafood-based courses, we plunged into the first course. We do sometimes wonder how many hand divers there are under the sea at any one time, but we happily paired the charcoal-topped hand-dived scallop with the fiery ‘nduja, the latter taken with the purple potato mash being a good match rather than a dominant feature, and as the palate became accustomed to the spice the lovely prawn, allowed to be perfectly natural, came into its own. The second course was a bit of a puzzle; the lobster in the ravioli would have been far more obvious if it had not been minced up and in the end it was rather neutral, and as the accompanying truffle was on the same sort of innocuous level on the flavour scale this was not a dish to write home about. It was a cautious thumbs up though for the almost too generous serving of cod cured in liquorice, the yummy richness of which was cunningly counterbalanced with a slightly vinegary beetroot coulis and complemented by a small portion of mash, some trendy singed lettuce and a potato crisp for texture. The dessert brought the meal to a close with a bit of theatre, the cupolone chocolate dome being coaxed into collapsing by the hot chocolate poured on it to reveal inside a light hazelnut cakey mousse and a dash of sweetish sauce with a suggestion of alcohol. Overall, then, we reckoned that one or two tweaks are still needed for Sartoria to start offering a proper challenge to the many other established toppers in Mayfair.
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Lynn W

Post make-over
01 February 2016  
We arrived for dinner and had drinks in the bar first - a glossy space, welcoming and a good spot for a catch up. Moving into the dining room, we all liked the wing back chairs and comfortable environment, and settled in for a good dinner with lovely copper pots of breads and fab olive oil. Actually, it was a bit patchy. The winter salad with crunchy raw veg, soft puree of pulses and quails egg was enjoyable, the tortellini with Marsala broth was said to be very good, and the seafood with Sardinian fregola was apparently epic! Wish I'd had that ... For main course a friend and I shared the salt baked sea bass, this was good fish, delivered whole to the table but spoiled a little by rather unskilled service, it ended up as a bit of a heap on the plate. The lamb looked very good, but was apparently not a good piece and was too fatty and chewy, while the fritto misto was rapidly polished off. Sides of ultra-thin crispy fried zucchini and double baked potatoes with mozarella were delicious, but the spinach was more like tough chewy chard. For dessert 3 of us succumbed to the thought of chestnut and meringue montebianco, but none of us finished it - the meringue was nice and crisp but flat, the filling a bit claggy - overall just too sweet and stodgy and not the luscious rich but airy confection we were expecting. One person chose the roast pineapple and was very pleased with it. Service was very pleasant but there were long waits between courses. Overall we had a good evening, but given we have been to L'Anima several times for chef Franceso Mazzei's cooking we came away feeling that some dishes were very good but others were disappointing.
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Sibylle B

Enjoyable meal
26 January 2015  
Very enjoyable meal - quality excellent.Good choices and variety. Service was very attentive but the Restaurant was not full at the time. I am not sure how well the staff would cope if every table were to be taken. Would certainly be happy to return.
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