Breaking News: Keep an eye out for the Autumn launch of Ristorante Frescobaldi bringing the Italian culinary delights of Tuscany to London!

The Frescobaldi family are one of Italy’s oldest and most respected wine dynasties and are open their first restaurant and wine bar in the UK as a joint venture with the Good Food Society.

This new venue will be part of the successful Italian group of Dei Frescobaldi restaurants and wine bars (launched in 1999) who are acclaimed for their welcoming atmosphere and Tuscan hospitality as well as exquisite food and wine pairings, specialising in their own contemporary interpretation of classic Tuscan dishes.

The wine list features an array of award-winning wines produced by Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, with their vineyards predominantly in the hills around Florence and Siena, including well known varieties like Mormoreto, a single-vineyard cru of Castello di Nipozzano, through to their flagship Frescobaldi cuvée and Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo Riserva.

Their care and attention continues regarding produce and sourcing. ‘The family is now associated with one of the world’s finest olive oils, Laudemio, produced from olives harvested and pressed on the same day to guarantee maximum freshness.’

Frescobaldi have appointed Roberto Reatini as head chef to create a scintillating menu of his modern interpretation of classic Tuscan dishes; and who is a talented young chef with an impressive culinary curriculum vitae including postings as sous chef at Zafferano restaurant and prior to this as senior sous chef at Shoreditch House, were he worked alongside head chef Michele Nargi.

Cannot wait to try culinary delights including the potatoes gnocchi, red mullet, ‘nduja & almond; veal cheek pappardelle; and ossobuco. Though, very importantly, ensuring we save room for tempting sounding desserts like mille-feuille with caramelised apricots!

When are they opening?

10th November, 2014 – so not long to go!

Where are they going to be located?


15 New Burlington Place,




Twitter: #openingsoon @Frescobaldi_Uk  @  #comingsoon #newfor2014 #Mayfair #London #share 



About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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