When it comes to good Italian food, who said you can only eat well at la trattoria della nonna? There’s no doubt that the small family-owned eateries offer the best Italian home cooking. But if you’re in London and are looking for the best of both worlds – Italian dishes creatively “crafted” and top-notch service, my recommendation is the Amaranto Restaurant & Lounge at Four Seasons at Park Lane.

Amaranto Restaurant & Lounge

Foto: Four Seasons Press Room

Yes, amici! I consider Amaranto a very special place for several reasons. The decor is very luxurious, but it values more comfort than just ostentation. The space is relatively small but multi-functional, with an enclosed restaurant, spacious lounge and conservatory, and in summer you can sit at some of the outside tables.

Amaranto Restaurant Lounge Four Seasons Park Lane

The menu at Amaranto is basically Italian but with a few adaptations, since the ingredients are mostly British – think of a Scottish blue lobster linguine or a zucchini flower stuffed with ricotta cheese and accompanied by chickpeas and black olives.

Amaranto Restaurant Lounge Four Seasons Park Lane

But what makes me go back to Amaranto is his famous afternoon tea. Like every good hotel in London, Four Seasons at Park Lane offers afternoon tea daily between 3pm and 6pm with a wide variety of teas, infusions and coffee. Prices vary between 42GBP and 55GBP per person – the latter including a glass of champagne.

Service at Amaranto is absolutely exceptional, yet very discreet.

Amaranto Restaurant & LoungeFour Seasons London at Park Lane, Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London. Check out some reviews on TripAdvisor.

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