BILL OF THE WEEK

BABBO on Albemarle Street, voted Best New Italian Restaurant 2011 by Zagat, was the venue for a “celebratory” lunch for five City gourmands who took full advantage of one of the finest Italian wine lists in London. So the regional dishes including Beef Florenti, Veal Milanese and chef Douglas Santi’s lasagne were all well and good, but the high spots were a £550 bottle of Sassicaia from 1997 and a £1,400 bottle of Tuscan Masseto from 1998. Clearly on a roll, the diners decided not to bother with coffee, instead rounding off the £2,800 blowout with a bottle of Grappa. Not bad for a Thursday – even by Mayfair standards.