Locanda Locatelli is certainly a hotbed for spawning new culinary talent. In July we reported on the opening of Tintello in Pimlico from Locanda alumni, Max and Federico Sali. Not only did they have the blessing of the entrepreneur and his wife Plaxy but even scored financial backing!
And now chef Federico Turri who spent seven years working with Giorgio has joined forces with restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas to launch new restaurant and bar Cantinetta this month in Putney. Turri himself hails from a background of restaurateurs and his family ran a hotel and restaurant near Milan in northern Italy. Mascarenhas owns Sonny's in Barnes and co-owns Kitchen W8.
At the 80-seat Cantinetta you'll find trad Italian with a modern twist with typical dishes including Parmesan risotto with pigeon, Chargrilled poussin with red chillies, roast potatoes and sweet chicory and Stone bass with fennel salad and balsamic sauce.
Some truly different dolce with a heavy savoury influence feature Deep-fried fresh pecorino ravioli with bitter honey, chocolate tart with salted peanut ice cream, Pannacotta with grapes, dried figs and grappa and Grape and fennel seed foccacia with fresh goats' cheese. While at Locanda, Turri developed the restaurant's bread range with Dan Lepard before becoming head baker there himself so if you're going to hit the carbs, this is a pretty good place to do it.
Turri has also come up with his own twist on cicchetti and his own 'tiraditi' or finger food is served at the bar for £3.50 a pop. One can't help but draw comparisons with the likes of Bocca di Lupo and Polpo but if Turri goes on to enjoy anything like the success of Russell Norman or Jacob Kenedy, South West Londoners should make hay while the sun shines before he leaves Putney for the bright lights and inflated prices of Central London.