A Taste of Tuscany at Riccardo’s, Chelsea


Fashion supper club in association with Grove Communications bought together a fabulous group of bloggers for an evening of traditional italian food, hosted by the wonderful and accommodating owner of Riccardo’s on the Fulham Road, Riccardo Mariti.







Even though I don’t tend to eat loads of pasta and I rarely eat a pizza, there is just something about authentic italian food that makes it stand out from other cuisines. From what ive seen these Italian folk cook with their heart and soul and even the most simple dishes with minimal ingredients seem to taste beyond ridiculous. I couldn’t wait to tuck into some.












Riccardo had an assortment of starters arrive on the table for us.  So much food already. I was feeling slightly overwhelmed and as per normal over excited. Surrounding me were dishes or Crudite – colourful raw vegetables with warm anchovy and garlic dip. Carciofi Grigliati Con Prosciutto – grilled tender baby artichokes, prosciutto, truffle oil and a very divine aubergine stuffed with mushrooms and cheese. I’m in love.






Before I get too carried away with writing this I will point out that Riccardo’s offers Vegan and Gluten free options on the menu. I got to taste test the gluten-free white bread rolls which were home-made, warm and straight out of the oven onto my plate.







For the main I couldn’t look past the gamborini piccanti – prawns, garlic, risotto with a hint of chilli rocket and tomato. Paired up with an organic Pinot grigio from their outstanding wine collection (all Italian of course). I did happen to see the meat ball dish from the across the table looking rather appetising and thus would have been my second preference on the menu if by chance I could actually fit everything into my stomach at this point. Eyes bigger than belly come to mind?











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The thought of having to fit desert in was not an option and I knew that we would spoilt with a number of tasty treats. Needless to say I was right. First to appear in my sight was the gluten-free chocolate cake looking unbelievable decadent. The Amaretto-soaked pancakes and ice-cream were also a winner and although not a massive lover of Tirimisu, I have to say was up there as well. The nicely shaped pineapple with a touch of sweetened raspberry sauce was a healthier option to finish of a feast of some of the best Italian food ive experienced since visiting the country many years ago. 






Finishing off with a lovely fresh mint tea to digest the mountains of food I had just endued. 





You will find most of the ingredients are shipped over from Italy, which honestly, you can’t get much more authentic than that. They also do delivery if you are in need of that pizza fix in a hurry…

A gorgeous evening, Al fresco style and inspired by home-made Tuscan cooking has certainly left an ever-lasting impression on my mind. 


Riccardos Restaurant London www.jamesbedford.com



Swing by if you are over Chelsea way and up for that all-round traditional Tuscany experience. Grazi Mille Riccardo! 



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