LDV Hospitality will open its first international restaurant in London. Sette will be the UK’s version of Scarpetta Restaurant, the chic modern Italian restaurant concept hailing from New York. The restaurant will be located in Knightsbridge Green, operating independently but located on the ground floor of Bvlgari Hotel London, opening in June 2019.
“Scarpetta has always been comfortable yet aspirational, and modern yet grounded with a love for old world hospitality. Sette will follow this core ethos of our Scarpetta identity, capturing a quintessential New York balance of high energy and effortless elegance. We are delighted to bring our passion to guests in London,” John Meadow, Founder of LDV Hospitality. “In true ‘Dolce Vita’ style, to create a parallel social experience to Scarpetta and Seville in the New York flagship, a cocktail lounge called Nolita Social will complement Sette, and be located beneath the restaurant where guests can continue their evening after dinner.”
The term Scarpetta is derived from the Italian tradition of ‘fare la Scarpetta,’ which means to indulge in a meal down to the very last bite. Sette will remain true to this philosophy by continuing in its tradition of sourcing excellent seasonal, local ingredients, crafting freshly baked breads and its famous homemade pastas daily, including the renowned Scarpetta classic – Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil.
The much loved signature dishes from Scarpetta will be included on the Sette menu, with the addition of new dishes specific to Sette. The Crudo section will boast delicate YellowTail and Tuna Susci, complementing the Verdure section, featuring a rotation of vibrant local seasonal vegetables. Main courses will include Halibut or the Veal Tenderloin with gnocchi alla romana and glazed sweetbreads, which can be paired with a robust and eclectic mix of classic and esoteric Italian wines. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends.
Sette has been designed by the esteemed Thomas Juul-Hanson, who is also credited with designing the flagship Scarpetta location in the trendy NoMad neighbourhood in Manhattan. Hanson maximizes the juxtaposition of natural and industrial materials, paired harmoniously together in chic, modern simplicity. The understated-yet-elegant approach to design creates an environment that is simultaneously stylish, welcoming, and inspiring.
“LDV is thrilled to announce our international expansion into one of the greatest cities in the world with one of the top properties in all of London,” said Keith Menin, Strategic Partner of LDV Hospitality. “We are always looking to bring our creation and operation of unique and exclusive concepts to new audiences, and we feel that Sette and Nolita Social will bring a new food and beverage destination to Knightsbridge London. We’re honored to be a part of the neighborhood, and to be located at Bvlgari Hotel London.”
Nolita Social, named after New York’s most charming neighborhood, North of Little Italy, will bring the energy of ‘the New York night’ to London, with a heady mix of elevated cocktails, live music and DJ’s playing 60’s rock, 70’s soul, and 90’s hip-hop for a stylish, yet carefree crowd. This lounge offers guests a journey of social discovery, beginning with early evening cocktails and lite bites, and transitioning to a feel good after hours hangout; encouraging a place that is a small, intimate, and seductive.