Two former City workers and now owners of La Tagliata Italian Kitchen in Spitalfields, Carlo Palumbo and Lorenzo Boldi, have announced that they will open a second restaurant in Fitzrovia next month. La Tagliata Wine Bar & Italian Kitchen will open on Monday 6 November at 45 Grafton Way on the former site of another Italian restaurant, Sardo.
The 25-cover wine bar will pour in the region of 50 wines from both traditional and new-wave small-batch Italian producers alongside a menu of antipasti, pasta and pizza — including Bucatini all’Amatriciana (tube pasta with cured pork cheek, Pecorino, red onions, tomato sauce) and pizza: Pomodori secchi, ‘Nduja’ e cime di rapa (spiced sausage with Italian new season sprouting broccoli.)
The 60-cover restaurant will serve beef tagliate (the traditional Tuscan specialty from which the restaurant takes its same) in addition to Italian classics such as aubergine parmigiana and spicy king prawns in a tomato and lobster sauce. Other pasta dishes, which are expected to change, will include head chef Antonio Tonelli’s take on what was Sardo’s signature, crab linguine.
There will also be a private dining room that accommodates 45 guests.
Palumbo and Boldi met in investment banking in the City before channeling “a shared passion for food and wine,” into open La Tagliata in Spitalfields in 2014. When the owners of Sardo announced their retirement after 20 years, the pair “jumped at the chance to take on their legacy and continue serving great Italian food to the Fitzrovia neighbourhood.”