CECCONI'S BEGINNINGS

Enzo Cecconi, the youngest-ever general manager of the famous Cipriani in Venice, opened Cecconi’s in London in 1978. For the first time, Londoners were able to order fresh pasta, beef carpaccio, tiramisu, rocket, and Bellini cocktails. Enzo Cecconi believed in spectacular food and spectacular service, bringing theatre into the restaurant by finishing dishes in front of his guests’ eyes.

Cecconi’s was an overnight success and became a magnet for the celebrities and royalty (one lunchtime during Ascot week, a waiter remembers serving members of four different royal families on four different tables).

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CECCONI’S AND SOHO HOUSE

In 1999, after 21 years under the ownership of Enzo Cecconi, Cecconi’s closed. A year later Hani Farsi took over the restaurant and refurbished it completely. In February 2004 it reopened under joint management with Nick Jones of Soho House as a partner. In January 2005 Soho House took full ownership.

In July 2005 Cecconi’s closed for two months to undergo a complete refurbishment taking the restaurant back to its Venetian roots. The space was redesigned by Ilse Crawford (Soho House London and New York and Babington House).

Lorenzo Merolle is head chef and Giacomo Maccioni, who has been at Cecconi’s since 1990, continues to look after the restaurant as manager.

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