Enoteca Rosso is a new Italian restaurant and wine bar on Kensington High Street showcasing the best seasonal and regional specialities and wines. There’s a fantastic selection of freshly made, seasonal pasta and gnocchi dishes as well as rare and unusual cheeses and charcuterie, many of which are exclusive to Rosso in London, coming from small batch producers throughout Italy. All dishes are served alongside one of the capital’s most unique and extensive Italian-only wine lists.
With capacity for 70 covers, the restaurant walls are lined with hundreds of bottles of wine to create a beautiful and dramatic backdrop. The impressive, sophisticated room focuses around a large central bar, and a mix of communal and private tables and counter seating overlooking Kensington High Street creates a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. The restaurant’s PDR for up to 12 guests (named The Vault as homage to the site’s previous incarnation as a bank) is also lined with rare Italian wines across a range of vintages.
The menu focuses on showcasing the best Italian produce and dishes such as Saffron tagliatelle with lamb ragout and raspadura shavings; Ravioli filled with broccoli and ricotta, sausage crumbles, garlic and fresh chillies; Slow-cooked pork fillet, chestnuts, pumpkin crisps with grilled polenta and Rosso’s red salad with roast beetroot, mixed sprouts, orange, kale and sesame dressing. Desserts like Green apple sorbet with prosecco and Tiramisu served with a shot of espresso round off the menu and to encourage a typically Italian enoteca dining experience dishes are all available in small (to taste) medium (to indulge) and large (to share). The kitchen at Enoteca Rosso is headed up by Flavio Militello, who has worked in in some of Milan's most prestigious hotels and restaurants such as Ristorante Peck, Albergo Cavalieri, Ristorante Gioia and with Felix Lo Basso, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Milan.
Wines come from small-batch producers, with the aim to encourage exploration through the list. Bottles start at £22, and there’s a list of approximately 30 wines available by the glass at all times. The menu is divided between 17 wine-making regions across the country offering a huge variety, rare vintages, biodynamic and vegan wines, and many never-seen-before bottles in London. Well recognised and established wines can also be found on the wine list including Super Tuscans and Amarones.
Photography - Charlie McKay