Silver Award
London, W1S 3PR ·Website ·Call020 7534 7000

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
Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Celebrations, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Sartoria

Sartoria is a swanky Italian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair, brought to London by the D&D restaurant collection and with renowned chef Francesco Mazzei at the helm as Chef Patron. It serves an all-day dining menu inspired by Francesco’s home region and the surrounding areas of Italy, bringing a slice of his home country to this elegant part of the city.  

Inside, the restaurant reflects the Italian heritage of the food. Sartoria heralds cutting design by acclaimed designer David d’Almada who wanted to evoke the romance and the glamour of 20th century Italy. Circular leather booth seats create cosy corners within the restaurant to evoke a sense of privacy, while neutral tones, comfortable seating and white tablecloths bring a sense of plush luxury to the room. The restaurant also boasts a heated terrace, destination bar, cicchetti counter, two private dining rooms and wine cellar. 

Looking at the menu shows that Mazzei isn’t afraid of simplicity with guests able to start with antipasti such as burrata, fennel and oranges or salami with buffalo mozzarella and nduja bruschetta. For the ‘primi’ course, there’s saffron risotto with roasted pigeon and spaghetti carbonara – because everyone loves a classic. For ‘secondi’, try home-cured black cod with liquorice, veal Milanese and wild turbot with clams, capers and tomato confit. To finish, insist on zabaglione.  

This is an all-day affair remember, so swing by for brunch served every Saturday from 12pm, where you can feast on the likes of smoked salmon with burrata and salsa verde or eggs with nduja and roasted peppers. There is also a four-course set menu that includes homemade tortellini and lemon basil panna cotta if you're feeling indecisive.   

A seriously impressive wine list from regions all over Italy will have you spoilt for choice, as will the series of Disaronno cocktails, perfect for a pre or post-dinner tipple.  

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Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

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20 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PR

020 7534 7000


Opening Times

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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15 Reviews 

Harry S

25 April 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5

Nicola T

25 January 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Nice chilled venue for a Monday night

Nice ambiance, despite being a Monday evening.  Attentive friendly front of house team.  Dishes chosen delicicious, quick efficient service, will return again!

Ariane M

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

Alasdair S

05 April 2019  
Top Italian food.


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

05 February 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
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.

Rob C

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

Paul A

15 February 2016  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3
Atmosphere 3
Value 3.5
More good than very good
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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