The man behind London clubs including LUXX and the co-founder of Toy Room in Piccadilly, which now has venues in Rome, Dubai, Mykonos, Istanbul, Athens, and most recently in Sao Paolo, and Delhi, is to open Bardo on the corner of Haymarket and Pall Mall in September.
The kitchen will be headed up by Graziano Bonacina, formerly head chef at Sette in the Bulgari Hotel, who will oversee a seasonally changing menu ‘championing classic Italian flavours with a contemporary and luxurious twist’.
Menu items will include antipasti such as tuna tartare with figs, pickle radicchio, Chioggia beetroot, and white balsamic; polenta morbida, fricassee of truffle mushroom; ricotta and mascarpone agnolotti wuth brown butter, leek, and black truffle; tagliolini cacio pepe with porcini and hazelnut crumble; ribeye with fingerling potatoes, pancetta, cavolo nero, grapes and salsa verde; and veal Milanese with patate sabbiose, and roasted Datterino tomatoes.
The large dining room will have a separate cocktail bar with fittings including polished marble countertops and Italian pieces of furniture.
Italy-born Maggiora had worked a credit analyst for Italian international banking group Banca Intesa Sanpaolo before leaving the corporate world to launch Mayfair club LUXX in January 2009. He has since launched venues including private members club Project in Fitzrovia, known for its hip hop and R&B nights.
In August last year he teamed up with Stephanie Reynolds and Federica Ferro to launch House of Wisdom, a social wellness space in central London.