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Knightsbridge's most loved Italian restaurant launches in Mumbai

 San Lorenzo,Taj Lands End
Italian flavours travel to India this summer with the opening of Maritime by San Lorenzo at Taj Lands End in Mumbai. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the iconic Knightsbridge restaurant San Lorenzo, owned by Lorenzo Berni, makes its international debut with this venture.

The newly opened restaurant serves hearty Italian specialities, drawing inspiration from Lorenzo Berni’s family recipes served at the West London restaurant.  Alessandro Bechini and Marco Foroni, two San Lorenzo trained Italian chefs are spearheading the launch of Maritime by San Lorenzo in Mumbai while playing a pivotal role in ensuring the authenticity of the dishes.

Paying homage to true, rustic Italian gastronomy, the menu at Maritime by San Lorenzo comprises San Lorenzo’s signature dishes, from Risotto with prawns and courgettes to Tagliata of chicken breast with balsamic sauce. Consistent with Indian culinary habits, the menu features plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The integrity of the ingredients, many of which come directly from Italy, follows through to desserts, with San Lorenzo’s famous homemade ice-creams.

The wine list at Maritime by San Lorenzo is diverse and features 64 Italian wine labels. For those seeking a tasty tipple, the Prosecco Bar serves a variety of cocktails, from Kir Royals to fruity Bellinis.

Italian by birth, Lorenzo Berni was brought up in Forte dei Marmi in the chic Northern Tuscan coast. He and his wife Mara opened San Lorenzo in Knightsbridge in 1963 and became internationally renowned during the ‘Swinging London’ decade. By celebrating ‘La Dolce Vita’, the restaurant established its role as a ‘must-visit’ for Hollywood movie stars, royals, sport legends, artists and musicians including Sofia Loren, Jack Nicholson, Peter Sellers, Andy Warhol and the Rolling Stones - making this new opening in Mumbai’s trendy star-studded Bandra district all the more fitting.

Taj Lands End is a modern hotel located in a buzzing area of Mumbai, with fabulous views of the Arabian Sea. Attracting a blend of business and leisure travellers as well as local glitterati, Taj Lands End already offers innovative Indian cuisine at Masala Bay and Chinese delicacies at Feng Shui designed restaurant Ming Yang.

Lorenzo Berni commented on this exciting opening: “Many special moments in my life have had a connection to India; the first date with my wife Mara was at an Indian restaurant and, as a family, we would always take our three children out to eat Indian food on Sundays. This business venture with the Taj Group was meant to be. I want to show India how Italian ‘mammas’ and ‘nonnas’ cook at home”.

Birgit Zorniger, General Manager of Taj Lands End, added: “We are delighted to join forces with San Lorenzo. Taj Lands End’s international and local clientele craves Italian cuisine and Maritime by San Lorenzo is a great addition to the hotel’s culinary offering.”

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