Italian dining group Metropolitan Restaurants is to rebrand its Galileo's Locanda Toscana site in Haymarket, London, as Assaggini from later this month.
The move comes after Galileo's was flooded in December last year. The rebranded venue, which seats 120 over two floors, will be a contemporary Italian restaurant, with a menu consisting of smaller sharing plates and matching Italian regional wines and beers. Assaggini translates from Italian to English as "a selection of small dishes".
The design team behind Assaggini was a collaboration between Grafico and Rory Cashin Design, who drew inspiration from New York restaurants including Pulino's, Perbacco, South Houston, Co-Pane and Public.
Metropolitan Restaurants also owns Getti restaurants, situated in Jermyn Street and Marylebone High Street, and Zia Teresa in Knightsbridge. The group is owned by Stefano Fraquelli.
By Neil Gerrard
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