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Type of Cuisine Italian
Chef Michele Granziera
Number of Covers 60
Price Range £££££
Lunch 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri
Dinner 6.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Fri (5.30 - 10.30pm Sat)
Upscale Italian regional cuisine is now the order of the day at Avista, the site formerly occupied by Brian Turner in the Millennium Hotel Mayfair. The restaurant is a good looker, swankily done out with marble floors, graphite and taupe leather banquettes, plus a chef's table for 12 people.
Chef Michele Granziera is a veteran of Zafferano and other big-name London kitchens, so he knows his way around the modern Italian repertoire and responds to seasonal ingredients with flair and imagination. The menu takes on board classic peasant-style specialities as well as more contemporary ideas: thus antipasti might range from aubergine parmigiana to steamed prawns with green apple salad or stewed baby octopus with soft polenta and chilli.
Pasta is is strong suit - expect anything from linguine with lobster to pumpkin tortellini with Amaretto and sage - while mains offer slow-cooked pork cheeks and smoked rack of lamb with tapenade and Swiss chard as well as a textbook interpretation of fritto misto. Desserts also show plenty of dash - witness milk ice cream with violets and pears. Stuzzichini snacks are served at the bar - think prawn dumplings with pepper chutney or courgettes with crispy pumpkin and pesto.
Also featured in: AA Guide, Michelin Guide, Zagat.
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