Francesco Mazzei is overseeing Fiume (Italian for river) as Chef Patron, in collaboration with Head Chef, Francesco Chiarelli - who has worked alongside Mazzei for over five years, having joined him at L’Anima before moving to Sartoria. Fiume, which translates as ‘river’, is situated right on the bank of the Thames, with stunning views over the river and a large piazza-style terrace to enjoy the rustic, traditional recipes of Francesco’s homeland.
The 120-cover restaurant pays homage to the Mezzogiorno, the Southern area or ‘the boot’ of Italy, that holds a special place in the heart of Calabrian native, Francesco. Expect wholesome, hearty recipes made with the fresh, vibrant ingredients from the Mediterranean. Mezzogiorno has a rich culinary heritage encompassing eight different regions, all with their own traditional recipes and identities. Each is featured in Fiume’s menu as well bringing his signature dishes such as Zucchini Fritti, Seafood Fregola and Tiramisu south of the river.
The restaurant has been designed by Macaulay Sinclair (also designed Hawksmoor & Dishroom) and features an open kitchen complete with wood-fired oven, bar counter dining for 15 covers and a terrace where up to 50 guests can dine al fresco.
Saffron and mozzarella supplì di riso; octopus with cannellini beans; burrata tortelli with hazelnuts and sage; lamb ragout fettucine and Cacio e pepe style pasta, beef tagliata and classic Aubergine parmigiana.