The Italian Greyhound bar and dining room will open on Seymour Place in early June, offering modern Italian food and drinks in stunning new surroundings in Marylebone.
This smart and friendly new spot comes from restaurateurs Marcello and Gabriel Bernardi and Barry Hirst, and is an evolution of their previously acclaimed Italian restaurant, Bernardi’s. It will provide all-day dining, stellar service and an easy-going atmosphere inspired by chic-but-casual neighbourhood bacaros (bars).
The venue features an expansive bar area, with its own entrance for guests looking to drop in for a casual drink or small plate. The bookable dining space has plenty of cosy tables ideal for leisurely lunches and dinners that roll late into the evening - as well as a wraparound terrace for drinking and dining in the sun.
Head Chef Yohei Furuhashi - previously of the River Café, Dinings SW3 and Petersham Nurseries - will be creating dishes that are simple, elegant and produce-focused using standout Italian and British produce.
The menu is based around small plates, handmade pasta, pizza, grilled dishes, salads and desserts. Those popping in for a quick drink can expect bar plates such as Panelle, Sicilian chickpea fritters with sage, Cornish crab with roseval potato, celery hearts and capers, and pizzas including Wye Valley asparagus, stracciatella and speck or Bull’s heart tomatoes, salted anchovy and oregano. Larger plates include pappardelle with slow-cooked pork ragù and John Dory with Italian spinach, broad beans and bottarga.
A short but sharp drinks selection includes Italian & British beers, ales and ciders. Cocktails mix classic aperitivi with innovative signature serves such as a Scamorza bourbon washed Old Fashioned and seasonal spritz selection. The wine list covers Italian and European producers with a robust by-the-glass selection.
Interiors have been redesigned by Barry and Gabriel to reflect the venue’s relaxed yet refined ethos, with timeless natural finishes and materials used to create a space that fuses beauty with practicality. It’s fresh, modern, and packed with style - the new go-to spot where guests can relax and unwind.
On the launch of The Italian Greyhound, owner Marcello Bernardi comments “We previously built a loyal local following in Marylebone and wanted to make sure that we evolved our positioning to keep our locals keen but also attract those from further afield. We want The Italian Greyhound to be a real crowd pleaser, a relaxed neighbourhood gem, where people can pop in for a drink or a pasta whenever they please.
Notes to Editors
Address: 62 Seymour St, London W1H 5BN
About Gabriel and Marcello Bernardi:
Brothers Marcello and Gabriel Bernardi hail from Melbourne and have been a part of the London hospitality scene for over a decade, were part of the team who co-founded the highly regarded Cubitt House and Open House group. They bring with them an Antipodean approach to Italian food born from the youthful, creative and produce-driven cooking found in cities like Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. The Italian Greyhound is an evolution of the Bernardi brothers’ original and highly regarded restaurant and bar called Bernardi’s, and offers a new, more casual experience with a larger bar, private dining room and terrazzo garden.
About Barry Hirst:
Barry co-founded the award-winning Cubitt House Group, a collection of fine dining gastropubs in Belgravia including The Thomas Cubitt, The Orange and The Alfred Tennyson, in 2007. In 2015, he went on to co-found Open House, an independent hospitality business known for design-led but informal neighbourhood dining destinations, including The Lighterman in King’s Cross. Pantechnicon is Barry’s latest project - 5 floors of Nordic and Japanese hospitality and retail in Belgravia’s iconic Pantechnicon building. The Italian Greyhound is the latest venture developed and delivered by Barry and his team, which is set to open in Marylebone in June 2021.
About Yohei Furuhashi:
Yohei Furuhashi spent nine years at the River Café under the leadership of Ruth Rogers; went on to work as Head Chef at Dinings SW3 in Knightsbridge; and then Petersham Nurseries in Richmond. He is passionate about seasonal and produce-led cooking.