If the post holiday blues from your summer in Capri get too much, hotfoot it to Mayfair’s newest restaurant Quattro Passi, which opens tomorrow on Dover Street.
Behind the Italian restaurant is two Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino who is relocating with his family from the Amalfi coastline to Mayfair’s Dover Street for his first restaurant outside of Italy. Here he is hoping to bring the colourful flavours of Campania in Southern Italy to us Londoners to enjoy in an elegant setting.
The name Quattro Passi means ‘Four Steps’, and is based on the four family members (in typical Italian style) who will be running the restaurant – Antonio, his wife Rita and sons Raffaele and Fabrizio who both work in the kitchens with their father.
Together, the Mellino family will be cooking up light and simple pasta dishes like fresh linguine with courgette and courgette flowers, seafood such as sea bass ‘guazzetto-style’ with small calamari, prawns, artichokes and saffron and top-notch grills, which have helped to build Antonio’s reputation – all presented beautifully to match the chic interiors.
An internally-lit alabaster staircase and bar, hand-sculpted leather wall finishes, modern pieces of art, an elaborate chandelier made from thousands of tiny silk petals and French silk wallpaper create a lavish, luxurious space. And, next month it will be expanding to include a private members’ club below Quattro Passi, where live music will be played to keep the spirit of Italia burning bright.
Quattro Passi, 34 Dover Street, London W1S 4NG; 020 3096 1444; quattropassi.co.uk