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Santino Busciglio to open new restaurant on former site of Passione

23 September 2009 by
Santino Busciglio to open new restaurant on former site of Passione

A new Italian restaurant is set to open in London next month on the former site of Gennaro Contaldo's famous Passione restaurant, which closed in March this year.

Mennula, which will open in the site on Charlotte Street in mid-October, is a joint venture from chef Santino Busciglio and business partner Joe Martorana.

The 44-seat restaurant will comprise three distinct areas including a main dining room and a private dining room, with interiors featuring Venetian wall covers, walnut floors, and both banquettes and stand-alone tables.

Formerly the head chef of the Number Twelve and Vault restaurants in London, Busciglio will lead a brigade of six chefs in the kitchen and serve a modern Italian menu focused on dishes from Sicily.

Mennula will offer an à la carte menu of around seven antipasti, pasta, risotto and meat dishes as well as a set menu priced £17.50 for two- and £19.50 for three courses.

Front of house will be overseen by restaurant manager Angelo Todaro, who was previously restaurant manager of the Michelin-starred Zafferano in Belgravia.

"Mennula is a very personal project and inspired by Sicily, where both myself and my business partner Joe are from," Busciglio told Caterersearch.

"The menu will be an extension of me and we will offer great value for money."

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