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Insignia Loves: Dieci, No. Ten Manchester Street

Launched this September, with Cristian Gaimarri at the helm, Dieci serves up regional Italian specialties with a modern twist.

Within luxury boutique hotel No. Ten Manchester Street, Dieci rests in a quiet street, just minutes from Baker Street Station. A ten-minute stroll away from the thronging shopping streets of Oxford Street and Bond Street, it’s perfectly placed for a working lunch, or a rejuvenating afternoon tea break. However, its lingering over dinner here that gets our personal recommendation.

Chef Gaimarri hails from Italy’s Cremona and brings his own Lombardi influences and modern twists to the menu, to create a selection of dishes that whisk Dieci ‘s menu well away from generic Italian.  We visited and enjoyed a tasting menu paired with a delicious selection of wines.

Dieci - Cristian Gaimarri

After an Octopus Carpaccio, Chef presented a starter of pan seared Tomino di Talucco goats’ cheese, with braised Radicchio chicory and Italian chestnut. Paired with a glass of 2010 Domaine La Barbotaine Sancerre this was a delicious dinner opener.

Dieci - Octopus carpaccio served with beetroot and potato salad with paprika vinaigrette

Dieci – Octopus carpaccio served with beetroot and potato salad with paprika vinaigrette

Our next course – a steaming bowl of Marubini Cremonesi, is a traditional recipe from the 1500s from Gaimarri’s home city. The dish, which combines tortellini pasta Marubini in a delicate saffron flower broth, is a wonderfully satisfying winter warmer.

Chef’s next offering was a fillet of venison was served accompanied by Polenta Taragna style – rich with butter and cheese – finished with a juniper sauce and accompanied with a delicious Louis Sipp Nature Pinot Noir from 2009.

Dieci - Fillet of venison served with polenta Taragna style and juniper sauce

After a Sicilian Bronte pistachio semifreddo with Peruvian dark hot chocolate, and an almond tart, paired with an Austrian Sauvignon Blanc dessert wine, there was no doubt this unique menu is one to return to Dieci for.

Dieci - Almond Tart

Yet, it’s not just the food that invites you to return to Dieci, the warm welcome of the staff here give the restaurant and No.Ten a feel like home that invites you to stay even longer. Cigar officianados may be drawn to do this on the cigar terrace (after making a selection from the well stocked Hunters & Frankau humidor) which provides an al fresco, yet cosy location to relax after dinner.

For those searching for modern Italian food, a luxurious cosy haven with smoking space, and a warm personal touch to their time in the capital, Dinner at Dieci at No. 10 Manchester Street is a great go to.

No 10 Manchester Street Hotel

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