Camillo Benso opened, softly, in August; in the former Assunta Madre location on Woodstock/Blenheim Street off Bond Street -behind Victorinox /Provonias.
This fun new Italian is what Mayfair has been missing, after losing Casa di Stefano, Quattro Passi and Babbo in recent years.
Approaching all new openings with the same open mind, arriving for our 9pm reservation to a warm welcome from Fabricio, that only the Italian’s seem to master, it is hard not to fall in love with CB.
A skinny bar is found on the left hand-side as you enter- the charm reminiscent of your own personal home bar.
Fresh produce is flown in throughout the week from Sicily.
With a glass of Prosecco and Negroni, we people watched – lots of smartly dressed Milanese and of course, we perused the menu – enough options to have everything, but, not too many, so as you can’t make a decision. And thank-fully we had brought our appetites with us; we dined on the following:
Parmigiana di Melanzana- the best I have eaten in London.
Vitello Tonnato – I might have eaten this all myself..
Proscuitto Crudo & Mozzarella di Bufala Campana – perfect with a bottle of wine alone.
Sicilian Red Prawns Carpaccio – one of my favourite dishes of the evening
Spaghettone with Fried Zucchini Provolone – comforting, punchy and a recommendation.
Piedmont’s Beef Fillet with Porcini Mushrooms & Reduction of Red Wine – not one of our favourites, which was a shame, but, most definitely does not detract from the otherwise perfect dishes.
Enjoyed with a bottle of Squarino Valpolicella Fumanelli (2014); which paired so beautifully with each dish.
The basement floor of the restaurant features a magnificent private dining area with its own private bar – perfect for parties/larger more private gatherings.
I’ve been recommending this restaurant since we visited a few weeks ago, and have continued to receive good feedback.
Recommending as an escape from Bond Street, a dinner for two or business lunch/dinner. It really will appeal to all.
Thank-you to Camillo Benso for inviting us. We’ll be back soon.
Images courtesy Mayfair Curated