A few minutes in the company of Giorgio Locatelli, whether face to face or through the medium of television, reveals a man who is passionate about Italian food – and it is that very passion which has kept Locanda Locatelli at the top for so long. The restaurant may be into its third decade but still looks as dapper as ever and remains in the premier league of London’s most fashionable addresses.
The other reason for its enduring popularity is the great food and the consistency that the kitchen maintains. The hugely appealing menu covers many regions of Italy and provides plenty of choice – including some terrific pasta dishes. Portions are generous and unfussy presentation allows the bold, punchy flavours to shine. Allow plenty of time to peruse the superb Italian wine list, which features an outstanding range of wines from Tuscany and Piedmont.