The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 28th February 2012

Next month celebrated Michelin-star chef Italian chef Bruno Barbieri is partnering up with fellow-Italian Francesco Ortone and opening his first UK restaurant  – elegant modern Italian Cotidie in Marylebone Village.

Meaning “everyday” in Latin, Cotidie will showcase a daily changing menu in a spacious 75 seater restaurant while at the ten-seater BARbieri (geddit?) you can order from a separate menu of cicchetti dishes, designed to complement the extensive and predominantly Italian wine list. Alongside his Italian seasonal Italian produce, Bruno will source beef, lamb, seafood and fish from the British Isles and the pasta will be handmade on site by a sfoglina – Italian pasta specialist.

Says Barbieri: “With such a wealth of talent in London at the moment it is an exciting time to be opening. Francesco and I aim to open a restaurant where guests will experience the food that I love to create and eat myself, in an intimate, relaxed setting.”

The a la carte menu will be divided into pesce, carne and verdure, each with a daily changing selection of starters and main courses alongside a tasting menu of Barbieri classics. Sample dishes include Saddle of crispy suckling pig with caramelised Sicilian blood orange jus and tropea red onion; Roasted woodcock and corned veal tongue tortelli with celery jus and salted ricotta cheese; and Hazelnut cannoli with warm apple and Nocino liqueur soup, stracciatella ice-cream and star anise.

During his tenure across Italy’s Trigabolo Argenta, Grotta di Brisighella, Locanda Solarola and, most recently, Ristorante Arquade (where he was head chef for nine years), the restaurants scooped a total of seven Michelin stars so we imagine it will only be a matter of time…

Launching March

Cotidie, 50 Marylebone High Street, W1