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Celebrate the season Italian style at Gatti’s restaurant in the City

Food is a huge part of Italian seasonal celebrations. From savoury to sweet, the rich culinary, regional traditions satisfy each and every diner in the party – and it’s always a party when the festive table is set. Recreating this festive atmosphere, Gatti’s Italian Restaurant & Bar at Citypoint in Moorgate, London EC2, has a menu, a dining room, a bar and a price to suit most people partying in the City this year.

From 21 November to 23 December Gatti’s puts on the glitz with its elegant yet relaxed atmosphere in its comfortable restaurant, bar and private room. Each area can be booked for dining or drinking, with the main restaurant taking parties from four to 130, whilst the separate, upstairs bar is ideal for a Christmas spritz, a cocktail or a glass or wine from a well-chosen list for up to 40 people. Bespoke buffets and canapes are also available. The stylish private room on the other hand, offers a more intimate setting for up to 10 people, perfect for those who want to linger with pals over port and pudding.

Three tasty menus, devised by head chef Luciano Stoto, offer superb value and the best of festive Italy with a touch of Britain on a plate. They are all three courses starting at £33.50 and going up to £38.50 and £41.50 per person, depending on the choice. All skilfully cooked and stunningly presented, there are crowd-pleasing choices such as Mozzarella di Bufala con Verdure Grigliate – buffalo mozzarella, char-grilled seasonal vegetables and pesto oil, and gourmet dishes such as Breasola di Cinghiale – wild boar bresaola, forest mushroom bruschetta, truffle oil and rucola. Be tempted by a main course of Faraona Natalizia – roasted guinea fowl with Prosecco sauce, or Medaglioni di Cervo – venison medallions in a pistachio and herb crust, vintage port and blackberry sauce. Keep it light with Branzino al Finocchio – pan fried seabass with roasted fennel, or go for the all-time favourite Bis di Paste – duo of pasta from the chef. You will also find a classic Filetto Di Manzo Scozzese – Angus beef fillet, Barolo wine jus and pan fried potato dumplings – a dish that Gatti’s is rightly famous for.

There’s a classic dessert trolley which is too tempting to resist for rounding off your Christmas feast.
And if a Christmas set menu is not what you are looking for, go for the Carving Trolley, which will be serving Roast Norfolk Turkey with all the trimming every day. On the a-la-carte menu you will find a classic Dover Sole, hearty pasta with the must-order dish Linguine All’Aragosta.

Open between Christmas and New Year
The City never stops, and those working between Christmas and New Year can find a haven at Gatti’s, which will be open for breakfast from 8 am, as well as for lunch and dinner.

A great location for City dining, Gatti’s menu is effortless and elegant, offering that style of classic Italian food that London diners are once again seeking when eating out. Tables are elegantly set, whilst the plush carpets and mood lighting, brighter by day and more subdued by night, give the room a relaxed feel.

The bar is open Monday to Friday for full breakfast from 8 am to 10.30 pm and throughout the day for drinks, cocktails, coffee and tea and sits up to 40 people, plus there is an al fresco area in the warmer months. The main restaurant is open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner with last orders at 9.30 pm, it sits up to 130 people, with a separate private dining room for up to 10 people.

Gatti’s is at Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, Moorgate, London EC2Y 9AW Tel: 0207 628 8375

Gatti’s Italian Restaurant & Bar

Gatti’s Italian Restaurant & Bar is a hidden gem at Citypoint, Ropemaker Street, in the heart of Moorgate in London’s EC2. The name Gatti’s is thought to pay homage to Mr Luigi Gatti, manager of The Ritz restaurant on board of the Titanic on B deck, the Italian/French cuisine being so fine that it was reserved for the exclusive use of First Class passengers, and in addition to the already sumptuous First Class dining saloon.