Sometimes just a mouthful of what you can’t afford is enough, like Ralph Lauren socks or Stella McCartney underwear. It’s near enough to the real thing to feel its warmth without the burn of a huge bill. Now anyone who wanted to eat at the star-grazer Italian restaurant Locanda Locatelli, but couldn’t afford to, can, as chef Giorgio Locatelli and his wife Plaxy announce their September pop-up, Pizza Locadeli, in Marylebone.
The casual trattoria will be less formal than the Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli, where a pasta dish can set you back £25. There won’t be a jus in sight, just traditional wood-fried pizzas with seasonal toppings. Seaside, for example, with swordfish and prawns, or Toscana, with fennel salami and red peppers. Small plates of Parma ham and figs or salads, pasta dishes of spaghettini with clams or chestnut tagliatelle with wild mushrooms will also be served.
Dinos Chapman, half of the notorious Turner-prize nominated Chapman brothers, has designed the staff t-shirts and the plates, the latter of which will be auctioned for charity at the end of the run.
There are no previews yet but rest assured: though the concept is simple, getting a table in the pop-ups three-week run won’t be.
by Vicky Paterson
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07437 425621 to make a booking.
Open September 9 to 28 only
Pizza Locadeli is at Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, London W1U 8AB