Sartoria is an Italian restaurant and bar on Savile Row and it is known because you can spot a crowd in the evenings. They all come here because at Sartoria they serve a menu of stuzzichini. Stuzzichini is the Italian for finger food and small delicious “something-to-eat”.
At Sartoria you can taste sweet and sour onions with Sardinian red tuna or salted Sicilian almonds, all combined with a classic Italian drink. Don’t forget that Sartoria offers some delicious alternatives to well-known cocktails, including their Tom Collins and Sling.
The Bulgari Hotel on the edge of Hyde Park features a contemporary and elegant architecture, while Bulgari’s legendary flair for design lends a dose of Milanese glamour into the heart of Knightsbridge. The bar in the Bulgari Hotel is bowl-shaped and crafted from hammered silver, it presents black granite floors, a titanium finished ceiling and molded mahogany walls.
With such an high standards for the bar itself, at Bulgari Hotel they can not serve no less quality drinks: Spritz, Bellini, Negroni and Sgroppino (a drink originating in Venice based on lemon sorbet with vodka and topped up with the Italian sparkling wine Prosecco) are pure perfection and come with Italian prosciutto, bresaola, parmesan-studded grissini and mandatory italian organic green olives.
You can find lots of Italian eateries in Chelsea but you totally need to visit the Ampersand Hotel and take a look to what chef Chris Golding prepared for you with his Apero, the convivial space in Ampersand Hotel entirely focused on aperitivo hour, of course in the true Mediterranean style.
Apero features industrial accents with its white tiles, exposed light bulbs, whitewashed brickwork, metal stools and vintage look parquet. But Apero’s showpiece is the way it innovates cocktails. Apero’s Tintoretto, for example, is a modification of a Negroni which replaces Campari with Aperol, vermouth with Amer Picon and Antica Formula, gin with Banks Rum.
The end result is very easy on the palate, if not the liver. Apero‘s Tintoretto goes well with any selection form the menu, but we would like to suggest the crispy parmesan straws and the ricotta-stuffed courgette flower.
In the Enoteca Super Tuscan, just a stone’s throw from Spitalfields, you can experience the aperitivo time just as you were in Italy. In fact rather than leaving the snacks on the counter they bring them to your table, the italian way! These include panelle, a sort of bowtie-shaped chickpea chip, as well as olives, bruschetta and truffled popcorn.
Along with the Enoteca Super Tuscan’s own cocktails you can drink an intense Negroni Sbagliato or a refreshing Poli Spritz. If you have a practiced palate you are a oenophile, you can find the right wine in the wine bar, boasting one of the most diverse menus of vino hailing from the Tuscany region in Britain.
Thank to Niklas Hellerstedt for the photo on top.