Francesco Mazzei to bring taste of Amalfi Coast & Sicily to Dorchester Rooftop

Following the successful launch of its first ever rooftop restaurant in April 2021, The Dorchester has today announced that Francesco Mazzei will be taking over the helm from 31 May to 13 June, 2021.

Mazzei is chef patron of three London restaurants: Sartoria, fine dining in Mayfair; Fiume, a taste of the Italian Riviera in Battersea and Radici, a cosy trattoria in Islington.

The upcoming rooftop residency will focus on the flavours of Southern Italy in the summertime, transporting diners along the coastlines of Amalfi and Sicily. Originally hailing from Calabria in southwest Italy, Mazzei is at home with the ingredient larder and flavour combinations of the region. He is also very familiar with the kitchens of The Dorchester where he worked as a senior sous chef 20 years ago, one of his first kitchen positions in London.

From his upcoming menu, guests are invited to start with cicchetti, dishes perfect for sharing with the table or to enjoy alone. Highlights include Crudo di pesce – Diver scallops, Mazara red prawns, yellow tail and tuna belly served with chilli jam, extra virgin olive oil, Amalfi lemon and salmoriglio and Vitello tonnato – Slow cooked veal served with tuna sauce and pickles.

Next up is the primi or pasta course. Francesco’s selection features a deliciously fresh Tagliolini with scampi and a spicy tomato sauce and Acquerello risotto with Franciacorta, morels, asparagus, summer truffle and fresh almonds.

Moving to the secondi, guests can opt for one of Francesco’s signature dishes – a Classic veal Milanese primavera served with rocket, tomato and Tropea onion salad or Wild turbot guazzetto with torpedino tomatoes, pantelleria capers, gaeta olives and saffron.

Finish things off on a sweet note with one of four desserts including Josper charcoal pineapple, maraschino, mascarpone and vanilla or a traditional Marsala tiramisu. There will also be daily specials added to the menu throughout the residency to make the most of the beautifully seasonal summer bounty.

To complement the new menu, The Dorchester bartenders, Lucia Montanelli and Matteo Torresin have created an exciting new list of Calabrian inspired signature cocktails. These include the Negroni del Capo with Whitley Neil gin, Amaro del Capo from Calabria, bitter Campari and artichokes liqueur; and The Prickly Bellini made using prickly pear, fennel and prosecco.

The Dorchester Rooftop will be open throughout summer to make the most of the longer days and sunsets across Hyde Park. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner, where guests can relax with a cocktail or glass of Veuve Cliqout Champagne whilst listening to a live band or DJ in partnership with Molto Music. Tables will be available for up to six guests and in anticipation for the unpredictable British weather, terrace umbrellas, heaters and blankets are available.

The Dorchester Rooftop is open daily from 12pm to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 12pm to 10:30pm on Sunday. Reservations only and with a minimum spend of £50 per person.