Fucina — London, UK
The pared-back Italian dining scene has reached its apex in London; every neighbourhood has an open-bricked, communal-benched space to call its own, yet we can count the number of refined and elegant Italian dining rooms on one hand.
Fucina, the newest opening from Kurt Zdesar, the man who worked on the concepts for the Nobu restaurants, Hakkasan and more recently Chotto Matte, fills this gap, bringing refined recipes and a thoroughly modern setting to the table.
Designed by London-based Andy Martin Architecture, the light-filled cream and grass-green hued interiors feature marble terrazzo flooring, a long Italian marble bar and a surprising undulating red brick ceiling that bulges towards diners below, an homage to the inside of a pizza oven, which can be seen from the glass-fronted kitchen downstairs, at the head of the private dining table.
In the kitchen the skilled hands of Stefano Stecca, previously of Michelin-starred Zafferano, and Toto’s, produce pasta, pizza and meat and vegetables from a fire pit, including Italian wagyu ribeye, and wild rabbit ragout.
A selection of small plates are takes on Stecca’s childhood recipes, of which the artichoke salad with ruccola, watercress and Sicilian pachino tomato is sure to be a hit. Breads, pastries, pasta and gelato will be created in-house and will be available to buy in the neighbouring panetteria.