Seeking out the dolce vita? It may be closer than you think.
San Carlo Cicchetti is an Italian restaurant with a location as dazzling as the food – situated on Hans Road, adjacent to the one and only Harrods. Like its siblings in Covent Garden and Piccadilly, the Knightsbridge outpost serves up elevated and seasonal Italian fare seven days a week using the best artisanal produce.
Inspired by the philosophy of Venice's cicchetti bars, you can expect to chow down on plenty of dainty and devourable snacks like bruschetta, crostini and stuzzichini – all washed down with exclusively sourced prosecco. Choose to make a meal from the cicchetti or equally opt for some of the larger signature dishes like the black truffle ravioli, burrata with smoked aubergine and black salt seabass – unique to Knightsbridge.
The remarkable food is matched by equally impressive interiors inspired by timeless Venetian architecture and details referencing the works of some of the city's most influential residents, including Carlo Scarpa. Spread over two floors, the 100-cover restaurant also flaunts a bar and private dining room that seats 18.
Aside from the absence of dashing gondoliers, an excursion to San Carlo Cicchetti, Knightsbridge might just be the closest thing to a trip to Venice this winter. Sounds like it's time to book a table...