troll through the door of Mazzitelli and you might just feel like you’ve wandered into a café in the heart of Rome. This all-Italian restaurant is the latest culinary venture from Jason M. Jones and Theo Tsapepas of ICKE & IGBY the group behind Friends of Mine, Porgie + Mr Jones and Snow Pony).
Generous clusters of garlic, chilli and salami hang from the ceiling along the stainless steel bar just like any Italian deli you might stumble across. Ornate Venetian chandeliers hang from the ceiling and dark polished floors feature underfoot. Several steps up into the main restaurant are clusters of tables dressed with crisp white cloths by night and brown butcher paper by day. The space oozes with simple and charming traditional Italian style and character.
The name Mazzitelli holds sentimental value for Jones – it’s the name of an old childhood friend Louis Mazzitelli, who’s father ‘Patsy’ Mazzitelli introduced Jones to homemade pasta and pickled olives from their backyard. Prior to this experience, Jones had only ever had spaghetti from a can. Needless to say, his love for the Italian way of life grew after he sampled Italian the way it should be.
Further inspiration for the restaurant came several years ago when Jones experienced Italian restaurant Porta Via. “It was dark, sexy, with all-Italian staff and handmade traditional Italian food,” he recalls.
The overall layout and concept behind Mazzitelli is simple yet effective. Coming for dinner? From 5pm onwards the front bar hosts Aperitivo, which is an Italian tradition that opens a meal (similar to an appetiser). It involves gathering around a bar with a drop of something tasty, picking out a number of antipasto items and getting your tastebuds ready for a feast prepared by head chef Tyrone Folino.
Conversely, if it’s breakfast that gets your heart racing, Mazzitelli offers an array of mouth-watering breakfast options including hot steaming bombolini and fresh porchetta rolls straight out of the oven at 10am every morning.
To accompany your Allpress coffee, there are also other treats including biscotti and house-made pastries.
So if it’s time-honoured Italian food and drink you crave, plus the high quality of service we’ve come to expect from anything Jason M. Jones and Theo Tsapepas put their names to, head to Mazzitelli to get your fix.
144 Bridge Road, Richmond
Mon & Tue dam–4pm
Wed to Sat 8am–late (Apertivo 5pm–7pm)