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