Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has teamed up with limoncello brand, Pococello, to bring the Summer of Limoncello to its Italian restaurant, Mercante.
Earlier this month, Mercante launched a menu that brings the zesty taste of Amalfi Coast lemons to nine new dishes, free masterclasses with a limoncello sommelier and a chef’s table experience to learn more about the Italian drink. The restaurant also has a bespoke drinks trolley with seven varieties of limoncello for guests who can also read up on the limoncello etiquette guide created by Mercante and Pococello.
Turning the traditional idea of the drink as a digestif on its head, the Summer of Limoncello includes a variety of Italian summertime favourites, with an added twist of citrus – from tuna tartare, with a cucumber limoncello granita to a citrus risotto with asparagus.
Mercante will also be launching a specialist limoncello cocktail menu using Pococello with four bespoke drinks available.
Made with lemons that are sourced from a seventh-generation Aceto family grove above Amalfi Town, Pococello is a clean and simple tipple that can be used as a mixer in cocktails or a palate cleansing ice-cold digestif.
Food and beverage manager, Cedric Lescure, says: “Limoncello is synonymous with summertime. So to bring some guaranteed sunshine to Mercante and to our terrace we have introduced a brand new menu and cocktails in partnership with Pococello. We are now declaring the summer of 2019 the Summer of Limoncello with masterclasses, chef’s table bookings and Limoncello flights. We hope all guests will be transported to the Italian streets of the Amalfi coast with our refreshing menu.”
Guests at Mercante who are dining with a group of eight or more people will be given the chance to book the Summer of Limoncello Chefs Table experience. This will include head chef Davide D’Ignazio serving diners the new dishes on the menu himself. He will also explain how the dishes have been infused with Pococello and the inspiration behind the offering. Each guest will be given a complimentary cocktail from the limited edition summer menu, and gifted a bottle of Pococello to take home with them.
The menu will is available until 30 September.
The masterclasses are free and people can be booked via eventbrite: Limoncello. Mercante is also offering a 20% discount on dinner after the masterclass for all registered attendees.