Enzo Cecconi – the youngest ever general manager of the famous Cipriani restaurant in Venice – came to London in 1978 and opened Cecconi’s London. It became an overnight success, and in the 80s, was a mecca for the rich and the royal. One lunchtime, during Ascot week, one waiter remembers serving members of four different royal families on four different tables.
Cecconi's Comes To London
Enzo Cecconi gave many Londoners had their first taste of fresh pasta, beef carpaccio, tiramisu, rocket and Bellini cocktails. He was devoted to spectacular food and service, and brought theatre to the restaurant, finishing guests’ dishes in front of their eyes and showing them the magic of the food, which until that point had been kept behind the closed doors of the kitchen.
Cecconi's & Soho House
In 1999, after 21 years under the ownership of Enzo Cecconi, Cecconi’s closed. A year later Hani Farsi took over the restaurant and refurbished it completely. In February 2004 it reopened with Nick Jones of Soho House as a partner. In January 2005 Soho House took full ownership.
In July 2005 Cecconi’s closed for two months to undergo a complete refurbishment taking the restaurant back to its Venetian roots. The space was redesigned by Ilse Crawford (Soho House London and New York and Babington House).
Cecconi's Comes to West Hollywood
In February 2009, Cecconi’s opened in West Hollywood at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard on the former site of the iconic Morton’s restaurant. With a focus on sourcing the finest quality ingredients and maintaining affordability, Cecconi’s West Hollywood features a menu of simply prepared, Venetian influenced food and drink. An entirely new dining experience in West Hollywood.