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Savini At Criterion Restaurant London

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Bringing a touch of Milanese glamour to London’s picadilly is Savini at Criterion, a restaurant with a rich 150 year history.

Dating back to 1867, Savini is Milan’s most famous restaurant, a dazzling venue where Verdi, Puccini, Callas and Sinatra all came to dine.  Owned by the Gatto family, who also own the 5 successful branches of Gran Café in the city, decided on picadilly as the perfect location to migrate the restaurant from Milan to the English capital.  The striking Grade II-listed The Criterion building houses the restaurant against a backdrop of timeless opulence designed by Royal Albert Hall architect Thomas Verity, this neo-Byzantine dining room and bar, with its gold ceiling and marble columns, a truly opulent setting.

The Italian restaurant offers an all day menu, catering to diners from breakfast to dinner with a menu of seasonal and traditional Italian fare, all produced and handmade on site from scratch.

On our visit we were able to try dishes from their dinner menu.

To kick things off I started with the 18 months cured Parma ham and melon (£16.50) , a simple but tasty dish, a light option to allow for a more indulgent main. Beautifully presented the dry cured ham is rich and salty, balanced out perfectly with the sweet melon segments.

Mains include Pasta, rice, salads, meat and fish options, my eye immediately wondered to their risotto selection – opting for the Squid ink version which comes with sautéed tub gurnard and fresh basil (£21.50) . At first glance the portion seemed small but it is deceiving as it is very filling, the glossy black rice is paired with the tub gurnard fish for a hearty and delicious meal.  Accompanying this I opted for the grilled vegetables from the comprehensive selection of sides.

To finish things off Savani offers a wide selection of Italian classics for desserts, as well as an Italian cheese board option. On this visit I went for the Guanaya chocolate Panna cotta and salted caramel (£8.50) , which is as delicious as it sounds, a perfect ending to an enjoyable dining experience.

A visit is highly recommended for some good quality Italian dishes, beautiful surroundings and a helpful and friendly staff.

Savini At Criterion
224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP


The Bridge SS15 Collection

The Bridge - Brown Man Wallet £120 The Bridge - Brown Travel Bag £968 The Bridge - Dark Brown Backpack £723 The Bridge - Rain Blue Messenger £247 The Bridge - Rain Blue Travel Bag £747 The Bridge - Brown Doctor Bag £700

The Bridge - Brown Key Case £84

Luxury Italian label The Bridge has released its new offerings for SS15.

Operating from their atelier in Firenze the brand has become synonymous with its beautifully crafted leather bags and accessories, utilising the very best in traditional Tuscan artisanship since its launch back in 1969.

The new collection is designed by former Armani adviser Eduardo Wongvalle, continuing the two’s partnership which began last year. Inspiration for the new season comes from the distant world of boundless, unexplored places, far from the modern metropolitan jungle.

Quality craftsmanship is at the heart of the label, with rational methods of the region still in use.
The stitching is typical of Tuscan artisanal saddler, visible stitches and “moccasin”-style craftsmanship in the side details enhance the models All items come fully lined with fastenings and closures coming in a subtle gold metal finish.

Highlights of the new line include the tan and brown backpack priced at £723, with a double strap design and flap over closure and fastenings. If you’re thinking of that weekends getaway then you have the beautiful travel bag (£968) the classic bag is a perfect carry on piece, coming is rich brown leather, an elegant way to pack your essentials.

Smaller items include a understated wallet (£120) in beautiful brown leather that comes with a zip closure.

The collection is available to shop at  thebridge.it

Words by Cristian Burbano