London is a city that’s filled to the brim with restaurants boasting elaborate interiors. From Dalloway Terrace’s seasonally changing floral haven to Sketch’s iconic egg-shaped loos, we just can’t get enough of the weird, the wacky and the wonderful. And for those wanting more, the capital is about to get another giant restaurant lined with vibrant interiors – think 3,500 bottles on the wall, an indoor courtyard and green striped walls. 

Big Mamma Group, the team behind London’s Gloria and Circolo Popolare, known for being the restaurants that helped bring granny chic into the 21st century, has just revealed that they’ll be launching a new restaurant that’s bigger and better. And it’s scheduled to arrive on the scene next month!

Circolo Popolare

Taking inspiration from Italy, Ave Mario arrives 2nd July and will boast three different settings, all which nod to a traditional osteria. Boasting 295 covers, you’ll want to start out by the two terraces and stroll into the dining room that’s home to skylights and enveloped in green and white Duomo-striped walls. 

Following in its siblings footsteps, the bar will be lined with 3,500 bottles as a feature wall, which leads out into an indoor courtyard and another 36-seat outdoor terrace. 

Meanwhile downstairs will draw in the party goers as the dining area is home to a 70s luxe mirrored basement with lowered kitchen and counter-side dining, where you’ll see the chefs working their magic.

The menu has been crafted by Chef Andrea, the company’s youngest ever head chef at just 23, and will draw inspiration from all over Italy – think influences from Liguria, Venice and Milan. 

You won’t find any Big Mamma foodie classics here (RIP to their legendary towering lemon meringue pie), but you can rest assured that you’ll be dining on the best produce and dishes available. Expect carbonara ravioli filled with pecorino cream, egg yolk and crispy guanciale flakes and a giant Cotoletta Milanese featuring rose veal. Pizzas will be flying out of the oven too. 

Save room for dessert and you’ll be tucking into a 60cm tall stracciatella ice cream cake marbled with chocolate spread – yum. 

We’ve got high hopes for Ave Mario and are certain it’ll live up to the Big Mamma name.

Ave Mario - Credit Jean-Baptiste Strub
Ave Mario - Credit Jean-Baptiste Strub

Opening 2nd July, find Ave Mario at 15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QG

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