Chef Gino D’Acampo has announced that he is to open a new restaurant in London within the ME London hotel.
Luciano, named after his 18-year-old son Luciano, will open on July 26 and mark the chef’s fourth collaboration with hotel group Meliá Hotels International and the first with ME by Meliá.
The new open-plan eatery will be able to seat 100 guests and features a terrace that wraps around the hotel, which will open up alfresco dining for a further 100.
Heading up the kitchen will be executive head chef Lorenzo Minini who returns from Italy to join the team. Joining Minini will be general manager Giovanni Galluccio, previously of StreetXO and Cecconi’s Mayfair, and Nobu’s Francesco Boi, who joins the management team to head up sales and events.
Chris Edwards from Salt of the Earth, has worked alongside Gino and the senior development team to create a new cocktail menu.
Speaking on the announcement of Luciano, Gino D’Acampo, said: “We have been looking for the perfect central London location in which to develop this new five-star concept for some time, and at the ME London, in the heart of the West End and a stone’s throw away from Covent Garden, we have found it. To have the opportunity to work together with my son Luciano on this amazing development, and after whom the restaurant is named, is incredibly special. I cannot wait to open the doors.”
General manager at the ME London hotel, Samantha Kandou-Fulton, added: “We are delighted with this latest addition to our already extensive food and beverage offering to our guests. Our partnership with Gino will no doubt cement our position as a luxury lifestyle hotel, offering unique dining experiences under one roof.”
Luciano is the first restaurant opening from Gino D’Acampo Hotels and Leisure with ME by Meliá.
The news follows the announcement of a partnership between Gino D’Acampo Hotels & Leisure and parent company, Meliá Hotels International in May of this year.
The opening is Gino’s second new restaurant to launch this year, with a third new opening in Liverpool this August providing welcome positive news for the sector.