London restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas (left) has teamed up with Italian chef Federico Turri to launch a new restaurant called Cantinetta in Putney, south-west London.
The 80-seat Cantinetta, which opens today, is located on the site previously occupied by the Phoenix, which closed in April 2010, after housing a series of pop-up restaurants that raised £100,000 for Action Against Hunger and their relief work in Haiti.
The restaurant's menu features traditional Italian cooking with Turri's modern take on certain dishes, and front of house led by restaurant manager Anna Dal Dosso. Typical dishes on the menu include Parmesan risotto with pigeon and deep-fried pecorino ravioli with bitter honey.
Turri was head chef at Caldesi in Campagna restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, until May of this year and has experience at Nahm at the Halkin and Nobu Berkeley.
At Locanda Locatelli he developed the restaurant's bread range with Dan Lepard and eventually became head baker.
Mascarenhas owns Sonny's restaurant in Barnes, London, and co-owns Kitchen W8 in Kensington with the Square chef-patron Philip Howard.
By Chris Druce
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