The Frescobaldi's have a long experience in matters such as these. Indeed, they have been making wine since 1308. They first traded wine for works of art with Michelangelo and were the major financiers to the kings of England, with Henry VIII personally signing their receipts.
Now, the Frescobaldi family are set to open their first stand-alone restaurant and wine bar in the UK, namely in London.
Simply called Frescobaldi, it is scheduled to launch in the beginning of November in the former premises of 1940s-inspired Italian restaurant Downtown Mayfair in New Burlington Place in London’s Mayfair.
If you have heard the name before, it's because the new restaurant follows the success of the family’s Dei Frescobaldi restaurants and wine bars in Florence and at Rome’s Fiumicino airport as well as on the lower ground floor of Harrods in Knightsbridge, London.
The food will celebrate Tuscany’s rich gastronomic tradition, but with a contemporary twist. Epicureans are to expect succulent dishes such as Florentine bread and tomatoes stew with stracchino and basil cream; leg of Guinea Fowl with asparagus and lemongrass stuffing, served with carrots and curry puree and well as veal rolls stuffed with tuscan ham and zucchini with sauteed swiss chard
And of course - one can't ignore the wine which will play a big part. The main focus is on the wines produced by Marchesi dei Frescobaldi, which has nine estates (predominantly in the hills around Florence and Siena) including Mormoreto, a single-vineyard cru of Castello di Nipozzano, through to the flagship Frescobaldi cuvée, Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo Riserva.
The Head Chef Roberto Reatini will be serving dishes including red prawn carpaccio with green apple & caviar, veal cheek pappardelle with rosemary bread and maltagliati pasta & cannellini beans, vegetables & olives ossobuco and desserts like mille-feuille with caramelised apricots.
Where is it? 15 New Burlington Place, London, W1S 2HK