Looking for la dolce vita? You’ve found it. A fave of the Made In Chelsea crew, Chucs is on a mission to transport you to Positano and the Amalfi coast: picture-perfect cobalt-blue waters and rugged cliffs dotted with citrus groves. Tucked away beside the Rolexes and Patek Philippes, their dinky Harrods branch is the perfect spot to dust yourself off after a hardcore shopping session in Knightsbridge. It’s luxury yacht vibes inside: all warm wooden panelling and polished brass rails.
You’ll be channeling your inner Sophia Loren with the signature cocktail, the Amalfi Dream — Ketel vodka, limoncello, honey, lemon, earl grey tea (£14) — while grazing on Nocellara olives (£4.50), obligatory bread basket and beef carpaccio with rocket and parmesan (£15). The white-jacketed waiters are helpful without being overbearing, and although it’s only a one-page menu, it might still leave you stuck for choice. Mains include pizza, pasta and Italian-American classics like their fancy club sandwich (£15); we had a bit of a quandary choosing but the standout dish had to be the Amalfi lemon tagliatelle (£19), a real slice of zingy, buttery sunshine in west London, and the lobster spaghetti (£29) definitely deserves a shout-out. GF folks aren’t left out of the pasta party as homemade gluten-free pasta is available too. After all that carb-loading we were way too full for dessert but it would have been frankly rude not to finish off with gelato al cioccolato (£7.50), the dark chocolate ice cream — divine.
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If you’re looking to embrace some carbs and Amalfi lemon, this discreet Harrods hideaway is the place to do it. Knightsbridge isn’t exactly the place to come looking for a bargain basement meal but settle yourself down among those Dolce Vita photographs for a one-way ticket to the Italian seaside.