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Splendido at The Ritz Restaurant Ritz Hotel, 150 Piccadilly London W1, tel: 020 7300 2370

The already splendid surroundings of The Ritz Restaurant go even more splendido from Monday to Friday this week, as the chefs of Portofino's magical Hotel Splendido and the Splendido Mare move in with a special menu of Ligurian flavours offered in addition to the Ritz's regular lunch and dinner menus. Taste the sunshine in fresh clam soup with pine nuts and marjoram, and scampi risotto with pumpkin flowers.

Walnut Tree Inn Llandewi Skirrid, Abergavenny, tel: 01873 852 797

Thirty-seven years of Franco and Ann Taruschio must have been a hard act to follow but new owners Stephen Terry and Francesco Mattioli respect the past enough for the future to be in safe hands. The talented Terry pays homage to Taruschio's classically Italian flavours and way of doing things, while adding some loosely based Mediterranean ideas of his own. Still worth going well out of your way for.

Sartoria 20 Savile Row, London W1, tel: 020 7534 7000

The decor and detail of this chic Conran establishment are a whimsical salute to Savile Row's tailoring traditions. The menu, however, is a serious look at classic Italian cooking, from porchetta of suckling pig with fennel seeds, thyme and garlic, to wild salmon with lardo, trevise and aged balsamic. Add expert service and a good Italian wine list and you may have to talk to your tailor about a little discreet letting-out.

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