Old school hosting with contemporary flavours
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Italian
Address : 39 Maddox St, Mayfair, London, W1S 2PP, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.puccimayfair.com
Opening Times : Mon- Fri: 12pm-11pm, Sat: 6pm-11pm, Sun: Closed
Closest Tube : Oxford Circus
Named for owner Rufus Albanese‘s father Pucci, who ensured 1970s/80s luminaries like Rod Stewart, Bryan Ferry and Diana Ross were enjoying pizza in high style at his Chelsea eatery, Pucci aims to exhume the conviviality and bonhomie of a bygone era with big-personality hosting and contemporary flavours. Chef Tilly Turbett, hot off stints at noma and the Gordon Ramsay Group, has taken the reins in the kitchen to create a menu that borrows inspiration from all ends of the Mediterranean, whilst serving up the same thin-crust Roman pies for which the original was renowned.
The restaurant is perched above the Maddox nightclub and shares some common DNA. A DJ posts up in a glass podium at the end of the evening and a nearby table celebrating a birthday proffered us not one but two rounds of shots. During the summer months there‘s an outdoor al fresco terrace for aperitivo. The kitchen is tucked away in the hindquarters of the restaurant, tables are overhung with myriad pendant lights and walls are clad with colour-block pop art portraiture of mid-century celebs.
All starters exhibit a twist. Crisp, blistered padron peppers are given smoked salt and a creamy urfa biber. House-made labneh comes equipped with baby beetroot, caraway and pistachio. Charred Galician octopus is a must - laid alongside ratte potato, preserved lemon and paprika oil. Pulled beef brisket is served in a 100% novel format, perched atop hummus with chickpeas and some more paprika. Home is where the heart is, and the pizza at Pucci homes in on the heart. A picante with pepperoni and chilli is classically flavourful on a wafery, friable crust. Nduja with burrata and honey is revelatory, a symphony of sweet, smoke and savour.
Pucci is both a walk down memory lane and a look into the future, pinned down by Rufus‘s impeccable hosting and Tillie‘s command in the kitchens.