Review on Quattro Passi
Fashionable Dover Street in Mayfair is the setting for Neapolitan chef Antonio Mellino's Quattro Passi, his first UK outpost of the two Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name in Nerano. The English translation of quattro passi means four steps, or a little stroll, but it also reflects the four courses enjoyed in a traditional Italian meal of antipasta, primi, secondi and dolci. Inside the restaurant has been tastefully done out in neutral colours using luxurious materials, the stunning hand-crafted chandelier is made from tiny silk petals and swanky leather chairs are set against crisp linen tables laid with sparkling crystal glassware and fresh flowers.
Melliono's cuisine emphasises superior ingredients, some flown in daily from Italy, others chosen personally from local markets, but all are treated simply with impeccable technique, creating the elegant and classic Italian dishes that has made sibling Quattro Passi one of the top fifty restaurants in Italy.
Open proceedings with chargrilled octopus and vegetables on cream of celeriac or maybe Pappardelle pasta with broccoli, mussels and Provolone cheese fondue. Main courses offer sea bass guazzetto-style with small calamari, prawns, artichokes and saffron or for carnivores there's rack of lamb with crumbled hazelnuts, Provolone del Monaco and turnip fondue. Desserts are picture pretty assemblages along the lines of a raspberry millefeuille, paired with Sambuca ice cream or caramel bavarois, crème brûlée with raspberry sauce.
Attentive and courteous service and a first-class wine list adds to the whole package.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.30pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express