Since its opening, Battersea Power Station has become the place to see and be seen in central London. Now, this daunting brutalist structure is welcoming a stylish new Italian as the Tozi Grand Café Battersea has opened its doors, adding further allure to Battersea’s already bustling foodie scene.

Located in the ground floor of the new Art’Otel, Tozi Grand Café is a welcome addition to Battersea Power Station offering a contemporary menu of delicious Italian classics. Team Coco Fashion Editor Hannah Tan-Gillies attended the official opening and samplesd basically everything in the menu on 12 December, for a night of great wine, even better food and some live music.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and colourful textiles make the Tozi Grand Café feel more like an art gallery than restaurant, but the food itself is also a work of art. Helmed by Head Chef Lee Stretton of Hix Mayfair and Art Yard fame, the menu is a celebration of joyful Italian classics made with British fair.

The antipasti gave us a taste of what’s to come with fluffy rosemary focaccia, juicy baked scallops and deep-fried crispy sage anchovies. The pastas, all freshly made, are hearty and homy, tasting like they were prepared by an Italian nonna in her home kitchen. The wild boar ragout was a standout, as well as the buffalo ricotta ravioli, which was wonderful and indulgent – a great winter dish.

There is a bacon chop, which tastes exactly as it sounds, sinfully sweet and juicy pork chops that seem impossible to achieve, but cooked perfectly by Chef Lee and his team.

The pièce de resistance were the ‘dolcis’ starting with a light and creamy pistachio tiramisu, gianduiotto tart, panacotta and a decadent Tozi affogato to finish. Italian meals often end with a shot of espresso, and so the vanilla ice cream and espresso shot in the affogato was a nice touch. The wine pairings were of course delicious, taking you on a visceral journey through the vineyards of Italy.

And while we left Tozi having eaten enough food to satiate an entire Italian family, this fabulous restaurant’s impeccable menu, great service, delicious wines and vibey Battersea location certainly has us asking for more.

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