Bringing a touch of Milan’s inimitable dining style to the heart of Mayfair, Camillo Benso opened at the beginning of August 2018. Camillo Benso is the first overseas venture for Milan-based F & C Group and follows in the footsteps of its eponymous sibling which in just three short years has become one of Milan’s most popular fine dining destinations.
Camillo Benso offers a sublime menu created using the finest and freshest products delivered daily from Italy, yet at prices not often seen in this most exclusive of areas. However, the restaurant is far more than just a destination for an authentic Italian meal. It is also home to a sleek cocktail bar where guests are able to enjoy the true Italian-style aperitivo in the form of drinks and small snacks, or an after-meal drink such as an amaro. Topping off the experience, the restaurant will host regular live music evening sessions featuring contemporary takes on classic Italian beats.
Perfect for daytime dining and authentically Italian nights out alike, Camillo Benso is bringing to Mayfair the menu much loved by the Milanese crowd. The food is being overseen by a talented team of Italian chefs including Luigi Esposito, who honed his skills at some of the best outlets in the Neapolitan region taking inspiration from mentors such as Michelin-starred Antonino Cannavacciuolo.
One of the highlights of the menu is the rich Primi section, spearheaded by the likes of Spaghetti alla Nerano, a signature dish made with fried courgettes typical of the Sorrento peninsula; Spaghetti con Vongole Veraci; Ravioli Capresi and Paccheri al Ragu. All are made using both fresh pasta and durum wheat Pasta di Gragnano, considered to be among Italy’s finest.
Secondi dishes feature such favourites as Cotoletta alla Milanese; Beef Tartare and Ragu Meatballs, whilst the desserts, created by artisan pastry chefs, will feature Neapolitan classics of the calibre of Pastiera, Babà, Sfogliatelle and, of course, national classics like Tiramisu.
Camillo Benso’s incredible pizza and bread menu is also set to be a favourite with customers. The former features ingredients that arrive daily from the Campania region, but the real star of the show is undoubtedly the bread, made using a recipe and production line specifically designed by no less a maestro than Niko Romito, of Abruzzo’s first and only three Michelin star restaurant, Reale.
This superlative fare is served against a backdrop that embodies sophisticated elegance curated by leading design company Costa Group, in collaboration with art director Silvia Tramparulo.
Camillo Benso London is the latest addition to the F & C Group, founded by Antonio Fantini and Massimo Sanità, which includes such celebrated Milanese dining destinations as celebrity-staple Giannino and the more laid-back Camillo Benso. The new venture marks the group’s first overseas opening, with future sites planned for New York and Miami.
Costa Group designs, manufactures and installs fittings for projects within the hospitality industry. The company has been in operation for almost 40 years and within this time has delivered more than 5,000 restaurants, thanks to its speed and dedication to clients.
Mr. Franco Costa, Costa Group, said:
“Our manufacturing speed allows us to be very quick. We are proud to say that while everybody was on holiday this summer we delivered projects for some of the most important players of the Italian F&B industry, including Macellaio RC in Milan, Feltrinelli, America Graffiti and Ikea restaurant-coffee shop in Corsico, Panino Giusto in Piazza Diaz, Viva Fruit, Eataly and Charleston in Piazza Liberty, right next to the brand new Apple store in Milan.
“We’ve fitted amazing locations abroad as well, such as Eataly Las Vegas, Nuovo Mercato New Jersey and 50Kalò and Camillo Benso in London.”
For Camillo Benso, Costa Group worked closely with designer, Silvia Tramparulo to deliver the new restaurant, building upon a strong working relationship that began with Camillo Benso in Piazza Cavour and continued with Fresco&Cimmino near the Duomo. Working on Camillo Benso, Costa Group ensured every single wall, counter and light was carefully designed and selected in order to bring the best of Italian know-how to London.
Mr. Costa said:
“The successful completion of this project further highlighted the mutual trust and respect that exists between Costa Group and Camillo Benso. When a client decides to open a location and involves you in his project, it’s as if he asks you once again to accompany him on a new adventure. He could have chosen anyone, but one again, he chose you.”
“At Costa Group we pride ourselves on our ability to understand our clients’ needs. We are hungry for our clients’ happiness and seeing the Costa Group brand all around the world makes us proud of what we do, because behind every project is the commitment and passion of a whole Italian company.”