The London incarnation of LAVO, an Italian restaurant from Tao Group Hospitality, will open in September at The BoTree. Serving lunch and dinner, LAVO joins Tao Group Hospitality’s renowned London portfolio, which boasts the prestigious Michelin-starred Hakkasan at Hanway Place and Mayfair, as well as Yauatcha, a beloved Cantonese dim-sum tea house with sites in Soho and the City.
The menu, created by the group’s Chief Culinary Ocer Ralph Scamardella, will be executed by Culinary Director Stefano Lorenzini. Hailing from San Severino Marche in Italy, Chef Stefano has over 24 years of experience in the culinary world, working at venues such as Santini, Cecconi’s Mayfair, Shoreditch House, and ME London Hotel before moving to New York and becoming Executive Chef for Tao Group.
Signature dishes include fresh homemade pasta such as Tagliatelle al Limone infused with marjoram, sweet butter and Kaluga caviar, whole grain, single-source flour pizzas, a showstopper Wagyu meatball topped with whipped ricotta, a delicate Salt-baked mediterranean seabass and an indulgent 20-Layer Chocolate Cake. The cocktail program features dramatic iterations of classics and bold signature drinks, such as the LAVO Negroni, which allows guests to put their own twist on an iconic tipple alongside a curated wine oering, completing the dining experience.
The BoTree Bar, also launching in September, provides a vibrant space illuminated by a colour-changing light feature that expands across the ceiling. Guests can indulge in The BoTree Bar’s extensive drinks oering and sit at the teal-marble bar, which curves across the space and admire the golden walls laden with bottles. The bar menu, also curated by Lorenzini, features luxurious dishes such as the Oyster on the half shell with limoncello mignonette, the Caviar sandwich with egg salad, caviar, and homemade chips, and the True grilled cheese with hot honey.