• Roma restaurant in the City opens on the site of an old Roman fort


    It's all change in the City where trad British restaurant Harper's has been entirely transformed into Roma, an Italian restaurant focusing on all things Roman. The site itself on New London Street has a rather lovely connection with the new approach to food - it's where an actual Roman fort used to stand back in the day.

    ​The wine list has a Roman Empire theme - so every wine is traced back to vineyards which the Romans would have known. As for the food, apparently

  • The Franklin Hotel reopens in Knightsbridge with Michelin-star chef Alfredo Russo restaurant

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    Over in Knightsbridge the multi-million pound renovation of The Franklin Hotel has come to an end with the hotel reopening today. The property was closed for a year while it was done up by new owners the Italian group Starhotels, who brought in Anouska Hempel to oversee the new-look.

    The 35 room hotel overlooking Egerton Gardens now has a restaurant with a well known Italian chef in charge. Alfredo Russo is best known for his Turin restaurant Dolce Stil

  • Test Driving Gotto - a waterside east London trattoria

    sharingplatesThe people behind Soho's Mele e Pere have gone east to set up a waterfront trattoria in the old Olympic village, now called Here East. We head down there for a look. 

  • Tooting is getting a new meatball restaurant Belpassi Bros


    Tooting is getting a meatball shop as twin brothers and street food traders Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi move into their first bricks and mortar operation. Belpassi Bros will sell the hand rolled meatballs that the brothers have been dishing out in Spitalfields for the past few years, served up with homemade sauces in a sandwich, on polenta or with pasta.

    The South London restaurant is the result of three years hard slot from the brothers who jacked in their old jobs

  • Totide brings Emilia Romagna food to Putney


    There's a new neighbourhood restaurant open in Putney where Old Saigon used to be. With room for just 36 diners over two floors, Totide London is a partnership between three Italians - Marco, Mattia and Christian (who also has a restaurant back in Italy.

    In the kitchen is chef Lorenzo Perfetti. As for his menu, well the idea of fried bread from Emilia Romagna filled with 22 month old Parma ham sounds like it could be pretty good and there's all the usual types of pasta

  • Trufflesecco is now serving up Prosecco and truffles in Camden


    A new bar has opened on Camden High Street and the clue to what it's serving is in the name - Trufflesecco. Yep, that's right it's a Prosecco and truffles bar.

    We don't know much more than that - but dishes on the menu include ‪‎crostino‬ with truffle sauce and gnocco fritto with ‎mozzarella‬ and ‪‎mortadella‬.

    And, if you're after something to take away, they feature a selection of truffle goods, pasta and wines to buy.

    Trufflesecco is

  • Enoteca Da Luca modern Italian opens in The Bower development on Old Street

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    Old Street continues to attract new and interesting restaurants this year. Following on from Hill & Szrok and news of Sardine opening in May, comes Enoteca Da Luca. This is the latest launch from the Enoteca restaurant group which

  • Soho House opening Cafe Monico on Shaftesbury Avenue

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    Making a change from their ongoing expansion of Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger, Soho House have a brand new restaurant coming to town. 

    Cafe Monico sees them reviving the name of a vintage restaurant that was originally set up in the area back in 1877 and which originally overlooked Piccadilly Circus. The new location (which may be where the original moved to - we couldn't dig that up) is a little further away on Shaftesbury Avenue. It's a street not currently

  • Milan's Savini restaurant takes over The Criterion


    In 2015 we had the sad, but not wholly unexpected news that The Criterion - one of London's oldest restaurants - had gone into administration. But the historic restaurant's fortunes took a turn for the better at the beginning of this year when it was taken over by the illustrious Milanese company Savini.

    The restaurant is now open all day - serving everything from a full English to dishes of Parma ham for breakfast. There's a set lunch (2 courses £26) with dishes like

  • Theo Randall to open new casual restaurant Theo's Simple Italian

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    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    Theo Randall's a busy gent. Not only has he just relaunched his restaurant at the Intercontinental in London, but he's also got a new bit on the side. Theo’s Simple Italian is going to be a new casual spot, openng at the Hotel Indigo® London Kensington – Earl’s Court next month.

    Randall's brought in a top chef to run the kitchen. William Leoni worked with Theo Randall at the InterContinental and,

  • Trullo duo to open Padella pasta restaurant at Borough Market

    Padella by Trullo

    Updated 29/2 with launch details.

    Way back in the mists of time, the first restaurant story Hot Dinners ever broke was the opening of Trullo, just off Highbury Corner. Well, it's taken a little time, but we've eventually got round to bringing you another exclusive story from Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda, the duo behind Trullo.

  • Bernardi's launch a weekend brunch with weekday breakfasts planned

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    There's a new breakfast spot in town. Bernardi's in Marylebone has just launched their breakfast menu (and weekend brunch) and it does look rather enticing.

    The brunch menu, which launched this weekend, features the now ubiquitous bottomless Prosecco and Bloody Marys (£16 per person) all day Saturday and Sunday. But what's new is the breakfast N’duja, egg & basil pizette (£8) and their Full Italian – a homemade veal, pork and chilli sausage

  • Test driving Sartoria - Francesco Mazzei's new Savile Row restaurant is a better fit

    carbshotsFranceso Mazzei's new home on Savile Row is an instant hit - serving up some cracking Italian food

  • Chucs is opening a restaurant, cafe and menswear store on Westbourne Grove


    When Chucs swimwear opened a cafe of the same name over on Dover Street, AA Gill popped in and reviewed it, describing it as "not just a little Italianish caff in Mayfair; it’s an enormous amount of fantasy and wishful thinking made real in miniature". Now the Mayfair spot is opening a second place in Westbourne Grove in February.

    The restaurant will take over the ground floor of the building in Notting Hill with the company's menswear collection upstairs. There'll also

  • Bocca di Lupo owners reveal details of Vico street food restaurant at Cambridge Circus


    Updated 24/8/15 with soft launch details 

    So, we've been waiting patiently to hear what Bocca di Lupo owners Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo were going to open at Cambridge Circus, and this week we've been rewarded with details of what will be called Vico.

    The new restaurant will focus on affordable Italian street food, and it sounds as


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