Macellaio Founder, Roberto Costa to Open Fish Game - 09.02.23

This spring restaurateur Roberto Costa, known for his much-loved restaurant group, Macellaio RC will open Fish Game in London’s Canary Wharf.  True to its name, Fish Game will put ultra-seasonal, sustainable British ingredients centre stage with a pared back daily changing menu of the UK’s best game and fish, meticulously sourced from the UK’s lands and surrounding waters and cooked simply over fire and the charcoal.  

Whilst Fish Game is something of a departure from all Italian Macellaio, Roberto Costa’s ethos when it comes to cooking, of balance, simplicity and authenticity will be core to Fish Game.  A British larder will be handled with the characteristic respect, restraint, and skill of a masterful Italian chef: Executive Head Chef Lello Favuzzi (previously at Mortimer House and L’Anima) has worked closely alongside Roberto to bring Fish Game to Life.  

Adding to the appeal of Fish Game will be a tequila bar, where Aperitivo will be served daily, bringing a touch of Roberto and Lello’s home, Italy to London. The wine list menu will include some of the finest wines worldwide, both old and new, with a large focus on small artisan producers.  

Fish Game has been designed by Roberto and the successful Franco Costa, who is the founder and owner of Costa Group, a European furniture leader famous worldwide. Distinctive elements will be wood, charcoal grill, chandeliers, and octopus wood carvings, as well as a private room with a table for 12 people divided by a vintage cold storage door. With sustainability being a number one priority, it will be filled with vintage and reused furniture and the elements of earth, fire, water, and sky are to be distinctive throughout the design in a rustic, yet stylish way.  

Roberto Costa, Owner, and Founder of Macellaio RC says “Fish and Game, represent the most important elements for us, sea, and sky, brought together by fire in our brand-new concept. It will have a romantic atmosphere, with a high focus on sustainability, where the choice of wild animals goes according to the season, and everything is sourced carefully in the UK. Quality has no boundaries, and as an Italian restaurateur who has always been working with Italian products since the beginning of my career, since I came to the UK, I fell in love with the land, and I want to bring to my guests table the best English products. Fish Game will be an English feast by an Italian waiter.” 


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Notes to Editors

About Roberto Costa:

Roberto Costa was born and raised in Genoa, home of pesto, farinata and focaccia and one of the largest port cities in the Northwest of Italy. Displaying an early interest in food, he was only 17 when he started helping his mother make her famous minestrone soup with pesto at the family-run ‘Trattoria I dui Fre’ in the suburbs of Genoa.     

Three years later, Roberto opened his very own Pagura Bernarda Restaurant where he found a passion for the hospitality industry. Roberto went on to open several restaurants and bars in Genoa. In 2003, having gained enough knowledge and experience, he founded Maxela Ristorante Macellaria with branches in Genova, Milan, Rome, Turin, Livorno, Modena, Rimini, Isola d’Elba. Inspired by Maxela’s success in Italy and keen to showcase the best produce from his native homeland to a brand-new market, Costa took on his next challenge and moved to London to open the first Macellaio RC in South Kensington in 2012 with the latest opening in Soho in 2020. He now has six sites in London: Soho, South Kensington, Fitzrovia, Battersea and Union Street.  

Following the success and growth of the Macellaio empire in the UK, and after Roberto fell in love with British produce, he decided he wanted to celebrate the quality of home-grown, local ingredients with his new concept Fish Game. The new restaurant will offer a daily catch of game and fish across the UKs land and sea.   

Roberto has received various recognitions from the Italian community thanks to his hard work in the UK, being elected as Genoese World Ambassador, the first gourmet ambassador and Director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK. 

About Lello Favuzzi, Executive Head Chef:

Lello was born in Sassari, Sardinia and grew up there with his Sicilian mother and Puglian father., After attending catering college he worked for two seasons at the five-star hotel, Cervo in Sardinia but didn’t start his culinary journey here in London until 2003. It was then when he began working as a Sous Chef at restauranteur Alan Yau’s Anda in Marylebone. Following this, he worked at Franco’s on Jermyn Street, The Wolseley, Corbin & King St Alban, L’Anima and most recently, Mortimer House Kitchen in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia.   

In 2020 he took part in Celebrity MasterChef where he hosted Amar Latif, in his kitchen at Mortimer House, and most recently has featured in the Channel 4 programme “Taste of Italy” with celebrity restaurateur Nisha Katona in Sicily.   

Having spent 10 years running one of London’s most celebrated Italian restaurants, Lello joins Roberto Costa to recreate simple and irresistible Italian plates, bringing a vibrant and joyful Mediterranean menu to the sophisticated neighbourhood restaurant and bar. About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 9 million square feet of mixed-use space and over 1,100 Build to Rent apartments. 

CWG is one of the largest sustainable developers in the UK and also excels operationally as it has purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and sent zero waste to landfill since 2009. 

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live, work and thrive on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk. 

The Company’s current £2bn construction activity and pipeline includes more than 500k square feet NIA of commercial properties and over 2,300 new homes for sale and rent.
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