San Lorenzo was founded in 1963 by Mara and Lorenzo Berni and rapidly became one of the most important restaurant destinations in London. San Lorenzo is a large and spacious restaurant, flooded with natural light, and offering several dining spaces of unique character. An elegant bar leads both down to the four main dining areas and also up to a mezzanine and private dining room. The large and unassuming menu is matched by an equally well-appointed wine list. San Lorenzo remains true to its founding values, which is why it continues to produce all the food by hand, using only traditional methods. The entire kitchen staff has been trained from scratch in order to maintain this experience. All the sauces are prepared daily, bread, pizza doughs, ice creams, sorbets and desserts are also freshly made on the premises. With the exception of slow-roasts, soups and casseroles, every dish is prepared to order. The regional derivation of the cuisine is predominantly Tuscan, with strong influences from Piedmont, Lazio, Veneto and, to a lesser extent, the remaining regions of Italy. San Lorenzo's culinary heritage reflects Italy's diverse and fragmented cultural history; from goulash in the north to cous-cous in the south, every area is steeped in it's own unique local tradition. Despite an endless quest for discovery and evolution, the paramount ethic has always been to strike a balance between culinary heritage and modernity, with the emphasis firmly on quality and simplicity. This philosophy and focus is testament to San Lorenzo's astonishing longevity.