Designed by the late David Collins and typical of his style at its most majestic, Massimo’s decor mixes marble, leather and bronze as if to suggest HG Wells’s time machine landed amid Roman baths. The room is admittedly huge, but does that necessitate or simply magnify the opulence? Most of the customers on our lunchtime visit were moneyed tourists, possibly from the adjacent Corinthia Hotel. We tolerated the question whether we understood the raw scallops we ordered were actually raw ‘like sashimi’. Fortunately, they were delicious, sliced thinly and prettily dressed with chive and courgette flowers. The menu offers the likes of Herdwick lamb and Goosnargh chicken, but freshest seafood (there’s also an oyster bar) and, to certain extent, pasta are the key draws. Tagliolini with crab and chilli was exemplary, so too the breads that staff offered throughout the meal. The dessert list is classic yet persuasive; a dark chocolate faux cappuccino was delightful. Wine prices are on par with the location and decor – glasses start at £8.50 for just 125ml.
Showcasing the best of Italian food infused with bold flavours, created with passion and flair, our menu is ideal for pre- and post-theatre dining or a late supper.
In addition, our elegant bar boasts a charcuterie counter serving regional antipasti – perfect for light lunches, early evening aperitivo and antipasti.
Art deco in style, Massimo Restaurant is a striking space lined with statuesque Corinthian columns, beautifully lit by hovering globe light fittings, and decorated with sleek mahogany and glossy marble.
Centrally located within walking distance of Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, Covent Garden and London's bustling theatre district, Massimo Restaurant & Bar is perfectly positioned for the ultimate Italian experience.