Set to open mid-July, Camillo Benso will bring a touch of Milan’s inimitable dining style to the heart of Mayfair. Following in the hugely successful footsteps of its eponymous sibling which in just three short years has become one of Milan’s most popular fine dining destinations, the new restaurant will offer a sublime menu created using the finest and freshest products delivered daily from Italy, yet at prices not often seen in this most exclusive of areas.
But this won’t just be a destination for an authentic Italian meal. Camillo Benso will go far beyond, offering a sleek cocktail bar where guests will be able to enjoy the true Italian-style aperitivo in the form of drinks and small snacks, or an after-meal drink such as an amaro. Topping off the experience, the restaurant will host regular live music evening sessions featuring contemporary takes on classic Italian beats.
Perfect for daytime dining and authentically Italian nights out alike, Camillo Benso is bringing to Mayfair the menu much loved by the Milanese crowd, through the talented hands of a team of Italian chefs including Luigi Esposito, who honed his skills at some of the best outlets in the Neapolitan region taking inspiration from mentors such as Michelin-starred Antonino Cannavacciuolo.
The rich Primi section will be the highlight of the menu, spearheaded by the likes of Spaghetti alla Nerano, a signature dish made with fried courgettes typical of the Sorrento peninsula; Spaghetti con Vongole Veraci; Ravioli Capresi and Paccheri al Ragu. All are made using both fresh pasta and durum wheat Pasta di Gragnano, considered to be among Italy’s finest.
Secondi dishes feature such favourites as Cotoletta alla Milanese; Beef Tartare and Ragu Meatballs, whilst the desserts, created by artisan pastry chefs, will feature Neapolitan classics of the calibre of Pastiera, Babà, Sfogliatelle and, of course, national classics like Tiramisu.
A special mention must also go to Camillo Benso’s incredible pizza and bread menu. The former will feature ingredients that will arrive daily from the Campania region, but the real star of the show will undoubtedly be the bread, made using ancient grains by no less a maestro than Niko Romito, of Abruzzo’s first and only three Michelin star restaurant, Reale.
This superlative fare will be served against a backdrop that embodies sophisticated elegance curated by leading design company Costa Group, in collaboration with art director Silvia Tramparulo.
Camillo Benso London is the latest addition to the F & C Group, founded by Antonio Fantini and Massimo Sanità, which includes such celebrated Milanese dining destinations as celebrity-staple Giannino and the more laid-back Camillo Benso. The new venture marks the group’s first overseas opening, with future sites planned for New York and Miami.