D&D London to open new Italian-inspired cocktail bar

A new destination cocktail bar is to open in London’s Mayfair next month as part of the refurbishment of Italian restaurant Sartoria.

Libare Bar promises to combine “timeless Mayfair charm with a measure of Italian glamour”, specialising in Italian classic cocktails and spirits and liqueurs from boutique Italian producers.

Bar and restaurant group D&D London is relaunching Sartoria in Savile Row on December 7 after a refurbishment by leading designer David d’Almada.

Renowned Italian chef Francesco Mazzei will be at the helm as chef patron, with a new all-day dining menu inspired by his home region of Calabria and surrounding areas of Italy.

Libare Bar takes its name from the Latin word for “to sip” and “to nibble” and will offer a selection of freshly baked cakes and pasticcini for a merenda (afternoon tea) or spuntino (snack) as well as a selection of sharing boards with cured meats, cheeses and stuzzichini (small bites) for an Italian-style after-work aperitivo.

It will focus on drinks from independent and boutique producers such as The Jerry Thomas Project in Rome, Antica Distilleria Quaglia and Giulio Cocchi as well as traditional amaros and vermouths.

The cocktails will include Italian favourites such as the Bellini, the Negroni and Spritzes alongside some original creations.

Drinks will include the Rosemary and Marmalade Martini, made with Belvedere Vodka infused with fragrant rosemary plus fresh lemon juice, bitters and marmalade, and the Zucca’s Bar made with Star of Bombay Gin, red Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Campari, rhubarb-based Rabarbaro Zucca and orange bitters.

In line with the elegance of the rest of Sartoria, Libare Bar will feature luxurious textures of silk, velvet and leather set against a rich palette of oxblood, soft grey and walnut. Combined with materials such as antique nickel and copper, the bar aims to capture 20th-century Italian style.

The refurbishment also sees the addition of a cicchetti counter, two private dining rooms and a 250-bin wine cellar where sommelier Michael Simms will host dinners and wine tastings.

A new entrance on Savile Row will be created alongside the installation of a new outside terrace which will be open all year round for diners to relax and watch the world go by.

This is Mazzei’s first role since leaving L’Anima restaurant in the City of London after seven years as chef patron. His new menu will feature dishes such as the hearty and rustic breakfast dish of Eggs Purgatorio (baked eggs, spicy tomato and n’duja sauce with crostoni), Astice Sibaryta (warm lobster salad “sybarita” style), baccalá marinato alla liquirizia (home-cured baccalá marinated in liquorice), spaghetti carbonara with truffle, and nodino di maiale (pork chop) with cocoa beans, chard and n’duja.

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