Tomorrow, brothers Gabriel and Marcello Bernardi will open Bernardi’s, a modern Italian restaurant which will sit on the corner between Seymour Street and Seymour Place and it sounds exactly like the sort of place we want to while away the hours this autumn.
The 120-cover restaurant and bar will be divided across two floors of a restored Victorian property. Upstairs, the open plan room will seat eighty and will feature an open kitchen, bar and communal table where diners can eat together or sit throughout the day working and drinking Italian coffee, which certainly beats the office. Things are kept understated but homely with muted greys, blacks, natural woods and stone, large windows will fill the room with natural light and booths and banquettes will punctuate the room to give it a more intimate feel.
Continuing the home from home feel, downstairs there’ll be sofas, a hidden snug and a bar serving up classic Italian cocktails, the ideal spot to hide from the British weather. The few large tables make it the perfect space for private events and in the summer you can expand the space by opening the doors up onto the courtyard.
Head Chef Sabrina Gidda, will be cooking up a simple, seasonal Italian menu with dishes including, white peaches, burrata, almonds and basil, tarragon gnocchi, rabbit ragu, broad beans and pancetta and salted cod, white polenta, peperonata and sorrel. Over at the open kitchen guests will be able to order pizzettes, of veal sausage, sage and chilli and potato, scamorza and red onion. If you’re just stopping by for a glass of wine or a cocktail then you’ll have to order the cicchetti dishes such as pea and watercress arancini.
At the weekend you can set yourself up for the day with a hearty brunch or on Sundays soak up the last of the hangover with a big roast lunch.
Bernardi’s: Opens 23rd September, 62 Seymour Street, W1H 5BN, www.bernardis.co.uk