Ritorno celebrates the elegant lifestyle of Milan, where gathering to enjoy great food, complemented by fine wines and cocktails in chic yet informal surroundings, is central to the city’s way of life.
On the perennially fashionable King’s Road in Chelsea, Ritorno takes guests on a journey around Italy with its menu of authentic small plates and exceptional cocktails, all made with exacting attention-to-detail using the finest, freshest Italian produce. With its jewel-box interior inspired by mid-century modern Italian design and wrap-around terrace simply made for al fresco drinking and dining, Ritorno brings the Milanese baretto tradition to the heart of London.
Ritorno’s cocktail list is divided into four enticing sections: Aperitivo; Poetic Regional; Bollicine – meaning bubbly – and Ritorno Classic. Aperitivo cocktails include a selection of Spritz with soda or Prosecco, and Gin & Tonic for which guests can choose their preferred gin from Ritorno’s impressive selection. Poetic Regional cocktails are inspired by the works of Italian poets and lyricists from five regions. Head barman Paolo and his team have reinterpreted this ‘essence of the land’ using high quality, traditionally-made ingredients to develop a unique cocktail experience. Bollicine include the timeless Bellini as well as bespoke creations using Vezzoli Franciacorta, Italy’s finest sparkling wine, while Ritorno Classics feature Conte Negroni made with Occitan London Dry Gin, Contratto Rosso vermouth and Bitter Berto.
Food and Drink
Ritorno’s menu uses only the best, freshest produce. Breads and pastas are made daily in-house with organic, natural flours. All dishes are around starter size to allow for sociable family-style sharing, with a selection also available in a larger serving suitable as a main course for one or for the table. Guests can order as few or as many dishes as they wish, from a single plate to enjoy aperitivo-style with a cocktail to a banquet with friends. Signature dishes include Parmigiana Ritorno, a classic aubergine Parmigiana wrapped in a bread crust; Tartare di Tonno with avocado and crispy polenta; grilled Polpo – octopus – with Sicilian ratatouille; and the Milanese speciality Riso al Salto con Ossobuco, a galette of pan-fried saffron risotto topped with potted ossobuco. Among the exceptional pastas are Cavatelli with King Crab, Italian plum tomato and Bronte pistachio sauce, and Borage & sheep ricotta Tortelloni in a lemon butter.
Sunday’s at ‘Dolce Domenica’ on King’s Road, Chelsea
For many Italians, Sunday afternoon is their favourite time to get together with friends and relax over drinks with some light food; bridging the gap between lunch and dinner, the tradition know as aperitivo is a quintessential part of Italian culture. Every Sunday from 25th June, Ritorno offers the opportunity to enjoy this tradition with Dolce Domenica – ‘Sweet Sunday’ – a five hour happy hour from 4pm to 9pm when eight cocktails will be offered at just £7.50 each and Prosecco at £5 a glass, each accompanied by complimentary cicchetti chosen by the chefs from a selection including arancini, polpetter and zucchini fritti. Whether enjoyed in Ritorno’s relaxed lounge of on the beautiful outdoor terrace, Dolce Domenica will be the place to socialise every Sunday afternoon!
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