Stelle di Stelle – 3 Michelin Star Cuisine at Harrods


I love pop up restaurants and am a big fan of fine dining so when Harrods invited me to their Stelle di Stelle event I was delighted. Featuring five of Italy’s best restaurants with 13 Michelin stars between them, it’s a foodie’s paradise! Each chef hosted for one month each, and the line-up has included Annie Féolde and Giorgio Pinchiorri, Carlo Cracco, Gennaro Esposito and Enrico and Roberto Cerea.

We were here to taste the 3 Michelin starred cuisine of Italian chef Enrico Crippa Piazza Duomo. His restaurant in Alba, Piazza Duomo, is ranked 39th on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Before heading to the lower ground floor, we had a look around the famed department store. There’s been a £200 million renovation and it shows – the new Super Brands section houses the likes of Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Valentino and Ralph and Russo.
Harrods design
I also love the new Tom Dixon cafe that’s pictured on the left above, he’s one of my favourite British designers.
Harrods tradition
Heading down the Egyptian staircase and with our appetite whetted from a look around the legendary foodhall, we arrived at Stelle di Stelle and were warmly greeted by the maitre d. I liked the interior, it feels light and airy and the banquette seat was very comfy. We were served an aperitivo of prosciutto and Grana Padano flakes –  one of Italy’s most popular cheeses and it tasted delicious. I’d definitely recommend choosing the wine pairing – our glass of Ferrari (no relation to the cars) Maximum Brut Trento DOC accompanied the aperitivo beautifully. It’s a sparkling Chardonnay wine with notes of apple and biscuit.

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Next up was a complimentary salad of pea-shoots, edible flowers and herbs. It almost seemed a pity to eat such a pretty dish!

stelle di stelle salad
Following on was vitello tonnato, a classic Italian recipe.  Combining veal poached in wine with tuna mayonnaise, it was a wonderfully delicate dish. This was served with a Birra Morretti La Rossa, a strong dark lager that was a surprising but perfect accompaniment.

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We then sampled a wonderful cream of potato soup with quail’s egg and lapsang souchong tea. Enrico Crippa created a special truffle menu for his Alba restaurant as that area is famed for white truffles. The shaved truffles gave the dish a fantastic aroma and this was my favourite dish. We tasted a sparkling Ferrari Rosé Trento DOC with this course, which we really enjoyed.

stelle di stelle truffle
Our succulent “agnolotti del plin” also had a generous serving of white truffles, and was stuffed with three roasts and served with the roast meat juices. Agnolotti are small pasta pieces, a speciality of the Piedmont region of Italy and “plin” means a pinch as the pasta packets are closed with a pinch of the thumb. This dish was served with a fabulous glass of Ceretto Barbaresco DOCG 2011.

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After this, came a hearty fassona beef braised in Barolo wine, served with slow-milled polenta. I am not really a fan of polenta but it actually worked very well with the beef, as did the Ceretto Barolo Brunate DOCG 2011 wine.

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Our final course was a hazelnut cake, a speciality of the Alba region, served with cold zabaglione and accompanied by a sweet, fruity Moscat d’Asti dessert wine from the Santo Stefano winery.

harrods stelle di stelle dessert
If all this food and wine sounds a bit heavy, it really isn’t as the portions are generous but not so much that you feel too full. We were lucky to be introduced to Enrico Crippa after dinner.

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Incidentally, did you know how many restaurants there are in Harrods? I would never have guessed that there are 25 in all, and I hope to return to try out some of the others. Here are some details about Stelle di Stelle, hurry and visit before it finishes at the end of January!

• Timings: Lunch 12:30pm/1:00pm – one sitting. Dinner 6:00pm & 8:30pm – two sittings
• Reservations can be made by emailing stelle.di.stelle@harrods.com or by calling 020 7893 8700

Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL

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  • This popup restaurant s a spot on. Lucky you for getting an invite to such a cosine paradise 🙂

    Lu | http://www.balgarka.co.uk

    • Hi Lu, yes it was lovely and not at all stuffy. Still savouring the truffles!

  • Oh wow everything is so dazzling and beautiful, it almost hurts to look at it! Can there ever be too much beauty?!
    Now this is what a pop up should be like – I’m definitely going to check it out. Thank you for sharing! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • Hi Jasiminne, dazzling is definitely the word for Harrods and you’ll have a fantastic time at Stelle di Stelle.

  • Lucy

    Harrods is a gem for wonderful food and architecture. I could happily while away a few hours in Harrods. The pictures and food looks divine, I love nothing more than pasta and truffle. Lucy x

  • How incredible to have been invited along to this event – your photos document it well and I had no idea that there were 25 restaurants in Harrods.. I would have guessed five at most!

    aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk

    x

    • Hi Gabrielle, yes it was a fantastic evening and Harrods is looking great after its makeover

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    What a treat! I’m hazelnut mad when it comes to dessert – I wish I could lift that off the screen and onto my fork!

  • I’ve never eaten at harrod’s, can you believe it? What a massive London fail! x

    • You’re spoilt for choice then! I’d like to try their new casual eateries in the food hall

  • sonia de macedo

    Holy yumness! I’ve died and gone to truffle heaven!

    Sxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

  • Wild Hearts + Green Tea

    Wow and yum! I’ve gone back to admiring that dessert… the place and food looks great 🙂

    • Yes it was really relaxed and yet felt special at the same time!

  • Coco Cami

    Superb post, the food looks exceptional !

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks Camille, the food was outstanding and I loved wandering round the store before dinner

  • Amazing place
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    • Thank you, yes I’ve liked your Twitter and your blog is really interesting

  • I had NO idea there were so many restaurants in Harrods – what?!?! I’m also not a polenta fab, except with braised beef/ox cheek, when it really actually works
    Rosie xx

    • I know, amazing that there are so many! Polenta can be a bit stodgy but as you say it was good with this dish. Great to meet you last night by the way, those cocktails were potent!

  • Catherine Lux

    I absolutely loved going to the December month of Stelle di Stelle, but I have serious food envy looking at this haha! That angolotti dish looks SO good!

    C x

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