Many years ago, in a school in Glasgow, Scotland, two girls became friends… Despite going to univeristy in different cities, in different places in the UK, they still ended up talking most days (okay, pretty much every day) and when they both ended up living in London and working in the city, they still spoke most days and met up for wonderful long lunches at the weekend. One of those lunches was at Il Tetto Selfridges, a delightful Italian restaurant with a view.
Il Tetto is the latest pop up on the roof of Selfridges from Des McDonald, but this time he has worked very closely with Luca Terraneo of L’Anima (a restaurant which is still on my to visit list – especially after this incredible meal!) to create an incredible, comforting menu of Italian cuisine.
Decorated in warm, welcoming tones which themselves say “Benvenuti!”, with an open kitchen and gorgeous wooden boards and bunches of flowers hanging from the walls, it’s a beautiful restaurant.
Having visited The Roof Deck this summer for Andy’s birthday, I was really excited to see the terrace all dressed up for autumn and winter. Lily and I have developed a (wonderful) habit of booking long lunches on a Saturday afternoon, laughing until our tummys hurt and even adding a little shopping into the mix, too.
They’re also usually fueled by a glass (or more…) of prosecco or wine to make us giggle even more!
The other habit that we’ve quite happily settled into is sharing dishes to really make sure that neither of us has dreaded food envy and that we can try as much of the menu as possible! This time, that looked a little like sharing a starter, ordering our own mains and sharing a dessert. We started with a trio of bruschetta: parma ham and fig, roasted mushrooms and the classic tomato and basil. Each bite as delicious as the next!
For main courses, Lily loved the sound of the wild mushroom and sausage pizza. With a wonderful, thin crust and a white base (instead of tomato) it was a wonderful balance of slightly spicy, a crisp crust and the dark, mushroom flavours.
I couldn’t get past the sound of the roasted pumpkin tortelli with sage, cooked in a butter sauce ans served with a parmesan crisp.
A perfect winter warmer that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since…
Having loved the truffle fries at The Roof Deck, there was no chance that I was letting Lily to enjoy the delights of Il Tetto’s version! Perfectly hot and crisp with shavings of truffle, they were a lovely little indulgence and an ideal side dish to our lunch.
Fancying something a little sweet, we asked our waitress for her recommendation for something light but slightly indulgent. She recommended the Semifreddo al limone amalfitano (iced lemon parfait, meringue, curd and biscuit) which was the perfect balance of light but gave us the sugar rush that we were both craving after our wonderful main courses.
If you’re shopping on Oxford Street or Regent Street this Christmas, Il Tetto is a great restaurant for a little shopping respite and refuel! Having looked at the menu, it’s changed to be a more wintery alternative, so I can feel myself heading back sometime soon…
400 Oxford Street,