Il Gattopardo will be inspired by 1960s Italy embodying ‘the understated, refined luxury of the Italian riviera’ and honouring ‘a heyday of frivolity and seduction’.
Translating as ‘The Leopard’, the site is the first ‘own-brand’ project from D.ream International, which is closely involved with a number of major international restaurant groups including Amazonico operator Paraguas Group, Roka and Zuma operator Azumi Group, Coya Group and Salt Bae’s Nusr-et Group.
The menu will feature Italian classics and modern interpretations of dishes from across Italy, with a focus on Sicily, Amalfi and the Southern Isles.
Executive chef Massimo Pasquarelli, a native of Abruzzo, began his career in Northern Italy before embarking on a decade-long career with Alain Ducasse. He was most recently executive chef of the Ritz Carlton Singapore.
On 27 Albemarle, the 85-cover restaurant will boast a ‘hidden’ courtyard terrace with a fully retractable roof, as well as a 16-cover private dining room. The ‘chic’ interiors, by Dion & Arles, will take influence from the style of the celebrated Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti.
Il Gattopardo is expected to open in September.