8/07/2012 01:22:00 PM

First Look: Olivocarne in Belgravia

This week Mauro Sanna of the Olivo Restaurant Group finally opened his meat restaurant, Olivocarne. Two years in the making, the new spot is the perfect complement to his existing collection of local Sardinian restaurants including Olivomare (seafood), Oliveto (pizza), Olivo (traditional) and Olivino (delicatessen).

The Food: Just as we expected, the food is as authentic, tasty and fuss-free as the previous three restaurants. Classic Sardinian dishes are given a meaty twist with the addition of everything from suckling pig to chargrilled steaks and wild boar. Standout dishes include pasta shells sautéed with housemade sausage and tomato sauce, or a juicy chargrilled sliced beef entrecôte with chilli broccoli. For dessert, our favourite blueberry frozen yoghurt of course. 

The Look: Unlike other restaurants in the group, Olivocarne has a second floor that will hopefully make it easier to secure a reservation - although being seated downstairs next to the window is still ideal. Also, unlike at all the other Olivo restaurants, you can actually hear what your dinner companions are saying in here thanks to the small fortune they spent on perfecting the acoustics. The decor? An elaborate Sardinian folk story playing out on the walls is slightly bizarre, but could also prove very useful to distract restless children.

The Atmosphere: The restaurant was full, which is impressive for a local spot during their first week. Spotted amongst smart Belgravia regulars and locals was A.A. Gill - the outspoken Sunday Times restaurant critic eating with The Blonde.

The Details: 61 Elizabeth St., SW1W; 020 7730 7997

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