Mayfair is one of London’s most fashionable and prestigious neighbourhoods. It’s renowned for its luxury brand stores, five star hotels, art galleries, and world class restaurants. I had the pleasure to explore Mayfair a little bit last Friday and wander around its elegant streets and arcades. The occasion was a breakfast date with my friend Sadie at Sartoria, an Italian restaurant with acclaimed Chef Francesco Mazzei at its helm.
The only restaurant on Savile Row since 1998, Sartoria his owned by restaurant group D&D London. It has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment by acclaimed designer David d’Almada of Sagrada studio. When the restaurant re-opened in 2016, Francesco Mazzei (previously at L’Anima in the City), took over as Chef Patron.
Sartoria boasts a heated terrace on New Burlington Street, a bar, two private dining rooms and wine cellar.
Libare Bar is a Savile Row hotspot which combines a dash of old Mayfair charm with a measure of Italian style with its cicchetti counter. I bet they also serve a great Negroni!
The exquisite design of the dining rooms is elegant and classic, capturing the glamour of Italy in its 1950s heyday. Sartoria is the perfect restaurant to go for a romantic date or a special family celebration, but it’s also great for a formal client meeting.
Sartoria serves an all-day A La Carte menu as well as Set Menus for breakfast and lunch. The recipes are inspired by the Chef’s home region of Calabria and surrounding areas of Italy.
The breakfast menu features classic dishes such as Eggs Benedict, as well as unique dishes created by Francesco Mazzei showcasing Italy’s best quality produce.
The most popular breakfast dishes at Sartoria include the Milano, a saffron risotto cake served with a soft-boiled egg and wild mushrooms; and the Smoky, smoked fish and aubergine puree with poached egg. The Italian Job is a hearty dish combining of pancetta, grilled polenta, Tuscan sausage, fried egg and roasted tomatoes.
I ordered Eggs Purgatorio, a take on the British baked eggs and Middle-eastern shakshuka, with a Calabrian twist thanks to the addition of ‘nduja sausage. Hen and quail eggs are cooked in a spicy tomato and ‘nduja sauce. They are served in a hot skillet with a bread crostino, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
I have recently given up meat, so I ordered this dishes without sausages. I didn’t miss the meat at all, my dish was flavourful and delicious. I ordered toast on the side, as I prefer to dip soft bread into the tasty tomato sauce instead of the thin crispy bread that came with the dish.
My friend Sadie also doesn’t eat meat and is a light eater at breakfast. She ordered a cheese and mushroom omelette with a side of slow-baked cherry tomatoes and smashed avocado.
I drank a cappuccino while Sadie ordered a black coffee, which the waiter regularly offered to re-fill. Overall the service at Sartoria was absolutely flawless.
I only tasted one dish, so I cannot express a judgement on Sartoria’s menu on the whole, but I can say I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and experience. I loved the elegant and refined interiors of this luxury restaurant.
The all day dining menu looks fantastic and I already want to go back to taste some of their Italian pasta dishes, such as Lobster tagliolini, Pappardelle con ragù di cinghiale or Tortelli di burrata e ’nduja. I have read that their Tiramisù is incredible, so I will make sure to taste it next time!
Sartoria – 20 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 3PR
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the restaurant. All opinions are my own.