This October restaurateur Kurt Zdesar will open Fucina (tr. forge in Italian), an Italian restaurant on Chiltern Street in the heart of Marylebone with renowned chef, Stefano Stecca.
Chef Stefano and Kurt have scoured the length and breadth of Italy and the UK to source the very best organic produce to create innovative yet wholesome dishes. Working with the best of what is in season and only using produce at peak condition, the food at Fucina will be as nourishing as it is delicous. Although the menu is derived from traditional recipes inspired by Stefano’s childhood, Fucina will represent a new wave of Italian cooking in London, elevating simple ingredients to umami-rich creations.
Fucina will also serve handmade pasta, rolled just before service and stone-baked pizza from a wood-fired oven, both made from stone ground, wholemeal flour that’s naturally fermented. Downstairs, the restaurant will feature a wood-fired pit for roasting suckling pig, lamb and boar as well as large joints of meat, depending on the season.
Almost everything at Fucina will be created in-house including bread, pastries, pasta, charcuterie and gelato. These will be available to buy in the restaurant’s neighbouring panetteria on Paddington Street, opening to the public in November, along with cold-pressed juices, freshly ground coffee, and Italian grocery items to create meals at home. The panetteria, headed up by ex-Princi head baker Massimiliano Porta will have its own standing coffee bar and will serve fresh salads and sandwiches filled with meats from the restaurant’s fire pit, all available for takeaway.
Designed by Andy Martin Architecture, the light-filled restaurant will feature an undulating red brick-lined ceiling, to emulate the inside of a pizza oven. On one side of the restaurant the red brick runs down the length of the wall and onto the ground merging with a bespoke marble terrazzo floor.
Once inside, Fucina will provide a haven for guests with the street obscured by handmade green glass and steel screens. The restaurant is centred around a large marble bar which at one end will serve classic Italian cocktails; and at the other end a cichetti bar where Fucina’s chefs will add the final touch to dishes sent up from the lower ground kitchen.
Fucina will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will take reservations.