Chef and restaurateur Stevie Parle has revealed further details about Palatino, his new restaurant set to launch in London's Clerkenwell next year.
Palatino will open as part of Fora, a new office concept merging the standard of service found in hotels and private members' clubs with the working environment.
The casual all-day restaurant, open seven days a week, is a celebration of the food of Rome, a city Parle first visited at the age of 17 (when he was a commis chef at River Café).
Named after one of the seven ancient hills of Rome, as well as the classic Hermann Zapf Italian typeface that has been incorporated into the restaurant's graphic identity by Here Design, Palatino aims to offer simple, elegant and tasty dishes.
Its open kitchen is designed around three core elements: a fresh pasta machine; a wood burning grill for an array of meat dishes and a stone oven for fresh pizza bianco and pastries.
Dishes will range from creations based on ancient Roman recipes through to more contemporary offerings. Dishes such as fried sage & apple with honey and chicken & pistachio meatballs with polenta & squash (a nod to the city's centuries-old Jewish community) will sit alongside the likes of native lobster, chilli & fennel with fried potatoes and chocolate tartufo, cherry & whipped cream.
Dishes are divided into antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. There will also be a Presto menu, served daily before 7pm and priced at £15 for two courses or £19 for three.
There will be a 45 bin, all-Italian wine list.
Parle said: "I'm incredibly excited to be opening this new neighbourhood Italian restaurant. Palatino will focus on Rome, using the ‘vocabulary' of the local food to recreate the classics, like a true cacio e pepe, but to also create new dishes that hark back to their roots but are nevertheless contemporary in execution. For me Rome is Italy's culinary melting pot and I can't wait to bring its myriad of flavours to Clerkenwell."
It will be Parle's fifth London restaurant - he also runs Dock Kitchen, Rotorino, Craft London and Sardine.
Fora is backed by Brockton Capital and is headed by Enrico Sanna, formerly of Deutsche Bank and Katrina Larkin, co-founder of festival firm the Big Chill Group.
Eight locations including the West End, Ladbroke Grove, Shoreditch, Borough High Street and Spitalfields are already confirmed and under development.
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