Glamour in The City at Piazza Italiana


Piazza Italian is situated in the iconic grade II listed building that was originally the British Linen Bank and has taken the City by storm following in the footsteps of its highly successful Moscow counterpart.

Set against the gorgeous surroundings of the historic building, the restaurant is the brainchild of Victor Ravdive, notably behind numerous concepts globally and offers traditional Italian cuisine alongside an impeccable wine list.

Having been restored, the interior here is as magnificent as one would expect, high ceilings, opulent furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows set the tone and one can expect to see contemporary chandeliers dividing the main dining floor which is host to the restaurant’s private dining space and an intimate space towards the rear featuring a cosy bar counter.

Upstairs, there is more dining space overlooking the floor below and also a courtyard through arched windows, a second private room is also available with its own bar and built-in display complete with rare cognacs and whiskies.

Foodwise, Piazza Italiana is sure to please, with a menu curated by the brand’s original founder Remo Mazzucato, the restaurant serves dishes based on classic Italian recipes and drawing on the fifty years of experience Mazzucato has to his name.

Focusing on seasonal ingredients, the menu which is changed occasionally to suit the time of year is split across antipasti, pasta, risotto, meat, fish and dishes to share as well as an extensive selection of cheeses.

Deliciously authentic starters on the menu include octopus carpaccio dressed in olive oil and lemon, a delectable yellowfin tuna tartare served with avocado mousse and beef carpaccio done to perfection and served with warm gorgonzola cream sauce.

It’s normally best to order a few antipasti dishes as a starter and to then follow with the dishes to share as a second course either with or without pasta (the pasta portions are sizeable enough to be a light main themselves) before going on to the third course.

Try the focaccia Piazza Italiana, the eponymous bread is just right and is nicely accompanied with mozzarella and diced oxheart tomatoes, the namesake antipasto Piazza Italiana is also a nice mid-course with a selection of charcuterie and cheeses.

For the mains, one is spoilt for choice with house dishes including the pan-fried halibut with potato crunch to Australian Wagyu steak cooked to perfection and a flavoursome grilled octopus salad which comes with boiled potatoes, paprika, and parsley.

If you are opting to have pasta for a lighter meal, then the Taglioni al Tartufo is a must, spun at the wheel of the table, the creamy sauce is made with truffle and is quite sensational indeed.

Piazza Italiana is open Tuesday – Saturday for lunch and dinner, with an afternoon tea offering between 3-6pm. It is closed Sunday and Monday, booking is recommended and the restaurant is able to accommodate any type of corporate or private event.

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