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What do Rome, an Italian typeface and Clerkenwell have in common? Palatino.

How? So, Stevie Parle, (Dock Kitchen, Rotorino, Craft London and Sardine) is set to open his fifth restaurant in Clerkenwell. Inspired by Rome, the restaurant is named after one of the seven ancient hills that surround the city, as well as the classic Hermann Zapf Italian typeface that has been incorporated into the restaurant’s graphics; that name is Palatino. Things are coming together.

Set around three core elements: a fresh pasta machine, a wood burning grill and a stone oven, dishes will span Rome’s cultural and culinary history from ancient Roman recipes through to the present day. Expect to find the likes of fried sage and apple with honey; chicken and pistachio meatballs with polenta and squash; native lobster, chilli, fennel and fried potatoes and Stevie’s take on a choc ice – a chocolate tartufo, cherry and whipped cream.

Pasta dishes will include bombolotti ragu Palatino; bucatini Amatriciana and maltagliati with red mullet and tomato. Stop by for a veritable four-course Italian feast or if you’re more time-pressed then try the Presto menu, served before 7pm get two courses for just £15 or three courses for £19 – pretty impressive for London. Wines are divided into Tipico (classic); Unico (unique) – think biodynamic and natural wines and Speziale (special) rare vintages – wines often bought at auction or from very small production bins.

With a curved cast concrete bar, a communal table, booths and warm yellow leather upholstery, Palatino has a pared back elegance that is both vibrant and relaxed but with a touch of formality.

Given the success of last year’s restaurant, Sardine, we have high hopes for the former Young Chef of the Year’s 2017 offering.

Palatino: Opens 23rd January 2017, 71 Central Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 8AB,