A restaurant where food is cooked using seawater is set to open near London's Borough Market next month.
Neapolitan restaurant ‘O ver (which in Italian means "is this true?") will use seawater provided by supplier Steralmar, which provides water that is extracted from the Mediterranean and then filtered without the use of chemicals.
The business, overseen by chef Gugliemo Vuolo and owned by Mauro Palomba, claims to be the first restaurant in the UK to use this particular type of seawater, branded ‘Pure Sea Water', and claims that it has health advantages while also improving the taste and texture of the food.
It will be used in a range of dishes from wood-fired pizzas, fresh pasta, homemade breads, Neapolitan street food, salads, vegan options and desserts.
The business claims that Pure Sea Water contains 40 times less sodium chloride than table salt and "boosts the consumption of 93 trace minerals essential to the human body".
The 113 sq m bar and restaurant's pizza chef will be Tommaso Mastromatteo, who is one of only 15 teachers in the world of Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, an organisation which promotes and protects the true Neapolitan pizza, (‘Vera Pizza Napoletana'), both in Italy and worldwide.
The restaurant will have a dining area with four-metre-high ceilings, with interiors designed by Keller Studio and Quiet Studio. The design will feature Mediterranean-influenced accessories including upcycled furnishings and a white Carrara marble lined bar top.
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