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AMA x Fucina

Devotees of fine Italian dining and superb architecture will find both passions well sated at the fascinating Fucina, owned by restaurateur Kurt Zdesar. The restaurant makes the most of delicious organic produce transformed into cuisine with an artisanal touch; aspirations reflected in the extraordinary architecture created by the award-winning AMA, no strangers to the creation of top restaurants.

Devotees of fine Italian dining and superb architecture will find both passions well sated at the fascinating Fucina, owned by restaurateur Kurt Zdesar. The restaurant makes the most of delicious organic produce transformed into cuisine with an artisanal touch; aspirations reflected in the extraordinary architecture created by the award-winning AMA, no strangers to the creation of top restaurants.

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AMA’s Andy Martin has created a visual interpretation of contemporary Italian taste, incorporating a sweeping sculptural design into the space. Like many fine London restaurants, Fucina cleverly excludes the busy streets and their attendant stress with a handmade coloured Italian glass and steel screen that stretches from floor to ceiling. The word ‘Fucina’ means forge; Andy Martin has used brick, marble, timber and burnt steel to create a forge-like ambience in the 110-cover space. Every piece is designed by AMA – from the lighting to the ironmongery. The tables seem to sprout from the floor and the chairs are made from branches. Fucina will create fresh pasta, pizza and be roasting joints of meat over a pit. The accent will be on a light touch with the food. It’s not hard to see how the surroundings and cuisine will mirror each other; hearty, unspoilt by unnecessary embellishment.

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The ceiling will probably distract you from the food. Made by hand from brick, it curves and distorts, echoing the interior of a vast pizza oven. The ceiling glides down to the floor, which has been hand-laid with marble chips set into a traditional terrazzo cement border, recalling Carlo Scarpa’s Olivetti building.

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On the floor beneath, the diner can sit at the Chef’s Table, surrounded by beaten steel walls and overlooking a traditional fire pit. Fucina is rather more than a restaurant; it promises a complete dining experience, a special destination and a feast for all the senses.

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www.fucina.co.uk

Fucina
26 Paddington Street
London
W1U 5QY