Amore di Babbo – Babbo in Mayfair Celebrates its Compleanno!
April 15, 2019
As the Italian saying goes ‘A tavola non si invecchia’ (‘At the table, no one grows old’) and the #BabboFamily are set for big celebrations this May to ring in a successful first year since the reopening of Babbo, the traditional-made-modern Italian restaurant on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street.
Babbo – meaning ‘Daddy’ in Italian – is a vibrant restaurant you-can’t-miss in the middle of Mayfair featuring contemporary renditions of classic Italian recipes (some passed down over 100 years) alongside signature cocktails and an expansive 230-strong wine list. With a contemporary, inviting atmosphere and an eclectic interior, Babbo screeched onto the scene in seriously slick Italian style in April 2018 – with Chelsea teammates and Brazilian international players Willian and David Luiz as co-partners in the restaurant – and has been favoured by locals and visitors alike throughout its first year, racking up a squadra of celebrity fans and endorsements along the way, whom the Babbo team now call ‘family’.
Though Babbo is remarked for honouring authentic tradition in its exceptional food and drink offering, Spanish graffiti artist Victoriano’s artwork adds modern vigour to the setting with the incredible colourful and custom graffiti murals adorning Babbo’s walls (and the snappy styled vintage Fiat 500, affectionately dubbed ‘Luigi’, which has similarly been tastefully graffiti-fied and often parked outside). The murals draw inspiration from Italian cinema spotlighting the concept of family and Victoriano’s past work has included commissions for Louis Vuitton, DKNY, W Hotels, Google and Converse.
In the cucina, executive chef Nicola Cariglia draws inspiration from his Southern Italian roots twinned with his experience at the likes of Corrigan’s Mayfair, Edera in Notting Hill, 11 Park Walk in Chelsea and Restaurant Vivendo in Geneva to creates menus which modernise traditional Italian dishes using only the best of British and Italian produce. Both pasta and bread is made in-house, from scratch, every day – just like in Italy. Babbo’s signature dish, Lasagne al Ragout, is born from a century-old secret family recipe passed down through generations with love and respect. Other standout pasta dishes include exquisite Spaghetti Con Calamari e Bottarga and Capelli d’Angelo (angel hair pasta) with your choice of indulgent toppings of either Caviale caviar or truffle grated tableside. Other stand-outs and must-orders include Cotolletta Milanese (veal Milanese with saffron risotto) and Branzino al Sale (salt-crusted baked sea bass served and deboned tableside). For the health conscious and diners with dietary restrictions, Babbo offers a separate vegetarian and vegan menu with gluten-free pasta options.
Open every day from midday ’til 11pm – slightly later on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night – every Saturday, its DJ night with a live DJ set, spinning the decks from 8pm onwards. Also to follow in May, look out for Babbo’s weekend brunch, a truly Italian twist on the now-staple leisurely mealtime imbued with conviviality and sound tracked by live music. The restaurant is also available for private hire, offering full hire or private dining spaces to help toast important occasions and special celebrations, simply drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Offering the ultimate location and eclectic surrounds, the warmest, most inviting atmosphere and the best combination of Italian food and drink this side of the Tyrrhenian, Babbo is a home from home, a place to tell stories, make memories, share food and celebrate with friends and family.