What? Collaborating once more with renowned restaurateur, Des McDonald, Selfridges has opened their next rooftop restaurant, which this time is transporting diners to Italy, with a taste of traditional, rustic, neighbourhood restaurants.
New? Relatively, it opened at the start of October, as one of Selfridges’ changing rooftop restaurants, it will be there for a year-long residency.
Where? On the roof of Selfridges (it has its own separate lift inside), you find it at 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB, www.iltetto.co.uk
On the Menu: Overseen by Head Chef Luca Terraneo the menu is classically Italian. You’ll find pizzas from traditional pizza ovens with DOP buffalo mozzarella; wild boar tortelli, braised pork cheeks with creamed polenta and gremolata. For pudding their new festive editions include a mulled pear with almond crunch ice cream, a ‘bauble’ filled with chocolate and clementine mousse and Amaretto truffles.
The Look: Il Tetto, emulates the rustic, simplicity of an Italian restaurant. Terracotta and sandy tones give the restaurant warmth, whilst dried flowers and plants hang from the ceiling. At one end stands a bar and come the summer months the restaurant will be opened up to make the most of the its roof top setting, for now though there is a snug hut where you can host private dinners.
What We Ate: A simple dish of beef croquettes with salsa verde was an excellent choice to start, but the dish of DOP burrata was somewhat ruined by the strength of the balsamic vinegar and pickled radicchio. It was so sharp that the creaminess of the cheese and hazelnuts couldn’t even dull the tang. This is a case where less is definitely more.
The special of the day was their take on a mac ‘n’ cheese, a four cheese gnocchi bake. Prepare yourself for some seriously whacky dreams, because this is the ultimate cheese fest. Refined it is not, but comforting most certainly. Of course we had to add to that a bowl of parmesan truffled chips. One can never have enough carbs. Whilst we were tempted by the pizza, we instead chose a seafood and cherry tomato linguine topped with a plump king prawn. To finish there was a sticky orange and polenta cake with citrus peel with mascarpone cream.
What We Drank: Wishing we were in the warmer climates, we went for a glass of crisp, Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
Go With: Take a friend, post shopping in Selfridges. It’s got that laid back, relaxed atmosphere that makes it ideal for a catch-up. When the roof opens up in the summer then it’d make for a good date spot, but at the moment it seems to lack the intimate atmosphere.
Final Word: Il Tetto is great for a relaxed, mid-week supper. We left satisfied, not somewhere we’d necessarily being telling everyone they must visit, but one that we enjoyed.
Il Tetto: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB,