In a nutshell: Fresh, simple Italian food in Chelsea
Summing it all up: Stefano Stecca, formerly at Toto's, is keeping it simple in his latest project by using top grade ingredients to create traditional Italian cuisine, including Crudi - a raw fish dish made with freshly caught Cornish fish. Perfect for the warmer months.
If you’re one of those Londoners who finds the summer temperatures particularly untenable, then make a note of Stecca, a new Italian place in Chelsea where the menu is full of light, simple dishes which looks perfect for a heatwave.
It’s being led by Stefano Stecca (previously at Toto's, Baglioni, Zafferano), who you may find preparing the fish for Crudi - an Italian raw fish dish - in the restaurant’s upstairs bar.
Keeping in line with the grand Italian tradition of high-quality ingredients, fish will be brought in from Cornwall every day, meat will aim to be organic and “zero km” (so as local as possible) and small producers will be hand picked by the chefs.
“I always try to create simple, traditional cuisine using fresh, seasonal food to enhance the flavours in my dishes,” said Stefano.
Some of the dishes you can expect will include:
- Burrata stracciatella with red prawns and black truffle
- Paccheri cacio pepe e bottarga
- Linguine with sweet chilli and lobster sauce
- Risotto with black truffle
- Asparagus salad with pecorino cheese, egg yolk and truffle
- Homemade tagliatelle with wild forest mushroom
It’ll be an intimate affair, seating around 40 people, and benefits from a small back garden and two bars, one on each floor.
More about Stecca
Where is it? 14 Hollywood Rd, Little Chelsea, London SW10 9HY
When does it open? 1 June
Find out more: Visit Stecca’s website.