Ristorante Frescobaldi — London, UK
Having conquered both Rome and Florence with its supreme execution of Tuscan cuisine, Ristorante Frescobaldi has arrived in London’s Mayfair. The restaurant takes its name from the Frescobaldi family, an Italian dynasty that can trace its roots as far back as 1308, and who once traded wine for art with Michelangelo. Here, the wine produced by Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi continues to take centre stage — the restaurant is part-owned by Diana Frescobaldi, an oenophile and part of the family’s 30th generation — with a majority of the 150 bins on the menu available by the glass. The dramatic space, designed by Autoban, makes clear references to the restaurant’s heritage via hand-painted drawings and framed pictures set against a backdrop of ceramic tiles, wooden panels, and a decidedly contemporary façade with fully retractable floor-to-ceiling windows.