Big Mamma to open second London restaurant

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Big Mamma to open second London restaurant on Rathbone Square in Fitzrovia

Related tags: Italian cuisine, Pasta, Pizza, London, Casual dining, Restaurant

French-owned Italian restaurant group Big Mamma is to open its second London restaurant next month, on Rathbone Square in Fitzrovia.

Circolo Popolare (or just Circolo for short) will be an Italian trattoria ‘inspired by the Sicilian coast’, with 280 covers spread over a 9,000 sq ft space.

Gloria, Big Mamma’s first London restaurant, opened in Shoreditch earlier this year.

Big Mamma describes Circolo as being ‘completely different to Gloria in look and feel, but still Italian’, with a 60-seat outdoor terrace and the walls lined with more than 20,000 bottles of spirit.

The menu will contain small ‘cicchetti’ plates as well as larger platters to share, and is set to include metre-long pizzas topped with San Marzano tomato and burrata from Puglia; sfoglia norma (fresh pasta with aubergine); calamari; and pork skewers al arrabiata.

Dessert choices will include a selection of homemade gelato, with Bronte pistachio and Amalfi lemon flavours available, and an ‘OTT 1L Sundae’ that will be served with giant cookie chunks.

Founded in Paris in 2013 by Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux, Big Mamma operates several trattorias in France, including East Mamma, Pizzeria Popolare and La Felicità, the last of which is claimed to be the biggest restaurant in Europe.

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