Inspired by the famous seafood restaurant of the same name in Rome, this is owned by a consortium of Italian-Americans who, we're told, would prefer to remain nameless. The head chef is Paolo Petruccelli, previously in the kitchen at the Roman original.

The fish is flown in ­daily from Italy and includes: ­escalope of gilthead bream in a lemon sauce; parcels of sea fox wrapped in chard; fresh fusilli pasta in a sea bass and lemon sauce; spaghetti with native clams from Lake Paola; main courses will depend on the catch of the day, and will be sold by weight (expect to pay ­accordingly) and will range from oven-baked turbot to scorpion fish; desserts include mini black ­raspberry cake, hot vanilla soufflé; chef's special puff pastry.

Designed by the Italian ­architects Delogu Architetti ­Associati, it is modelled on its namesake in Rome, but is also like Rao's in ­Brooklyn, New York - small and intimate, reminiscent of ­Italian-American restaurants of the 1930s and 40s. With dark wood and Pompeiano red walls, a decked terrace for al-fresco dining and a three-metre display of the day's fresh fish on ice. It can handle 90 covers.

84-86 Lillie Road, Fulham, London SW6

Tel: 020 7610 0037

The Gurnard's Head

Head chef Matt Williamson's menu boasts: slow-roast belly of pork stuffed with rhubarb and oats, polenta and Cabernet vinegar sauce. Caters for up to 50 covers.

Treen, Zennor, Cornwall TR26 3DE

Tel: 01736 796928

The Refectory at St Davids

Former accountant, Bill Sewell's third ecclesiastical project. The menu boasts: shoulder of Pembrokeshire Lamb, roast aubergine, haricot beans and flatbread.

St Davids Cathedral, Haverfordwest SA62 6RH

Tel: 01437 721760


First solo venture of Mike Filpi, founder of Eclipse Bars. Menu boasts: veal stuffed with sautéed aubergines and Taleggio cheese. Seats 34 inside, 24 al fresco.

36A Old Town, Clapham London SW4

Tel: 020 7627 1166Hosteria Del Pesce