About Zafferano

Zafferano is unusual this way: often when we go to an Italian restaurant, the welcome is so warm and the food and wine are so good that we drift out at the end of the meal feeling as if the staff sort of love us. At Zafferano the food is unarguably good, as is the wine. But that loving feeling is replaced by a colder professionalism. This may suit you? Zafferano got onto the map when superchef Giorgio Locatelli was in the kitchen and all was right with the world. Then he left to set up his own gaff, the dining room was redecorated, and, voila, tout Belgravia is still delighted to pack out this hugely-popular Italian restaurant. The secret is in the chef, Andrew Needham, and his impeccable cooking. The decor is traditional and comfy, the tables very intimate with one another, and the place buzzy with diners. Dishes change frequently, and have been known to include starter of crab salad with cucumber and celery, or bersaola with goats cheese dresssing, past of gnocchi with black truffles and leeks, main of seared tuna with rocket and tomato, or roast rabbit with parma and polenta. Puds are fancy and great: blood orange sorbet with prosecco granita is swoon-worthy. Wines are very good. For service, see above.

Sample a la carte


- Prosciutto Passamonti con panzanella (sliced cured 'Passamonti' ham with 'Panzanella')
- Capesante e gamberoni allo zafferano (pan fried scallops and prawns with saffron vinaigrette)
- Carpaccio di manzo con parmigiano (thinly sliced Scotch beef with rocket and parmesan)
- Spinaci con porri, carciofi e pecorino (baby spinach, leeks and artichokes with 'pecorino' cheese)

A wide selection of other starters are available

Main Course

- Linguine con aragosta e scampi (flat spaghetti with lobster and langoustine)
- Linguini alla bottarga con tonno e timo (spaghetti with 'Bottarga', tuna and thyme)
- 'Fiorentina' (roasted 'Fiorentina' T-bone with bone marrow sauce)
- Anatra arrosto con mostarda di frutta (roasted duck with mustard fruits)
- Cotoletta di vitello alla Milanese (veal cutlet 'Milanese' with aubergine 'Parmigiana')
- Merluzzo con lenticchie e persiade (Icelandic cod with lentils and parsley sauce)

Various other pasta dishes and meat dishes are available


- Pannacotta con rabarbaro e basilico ('pannacotta' with rhubarb and basil sugar)
- Pastiera Napoletana (ricotta and lemon cake with candid fruit)
- Tortino al cioccolato con gelato al gianduia (chocolate fondant with gianduia ice cream)
- Selezione di formaggi (selection of cheeses)

A selection of other desserts are available

Additional Information


15 Lowndes Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9EY

Nearest tube:


Average Price:

£35-£44 / €50-€63

Opening times:

Mon - Fri: 12pm - 2.30pm & 7pm - 11pm
Sat: 12.30pm - 3pm & 7pm - 11pm Sun: 12.30pm - 3pm & 7pm - 10.30pm

Dress Code:

Smart casual