Diciannove Launch Party | Crowne Plaza Hotel, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB

22 Sep

**Pronounced ditSan”nOve**

What a lovely evening Sally and I had on Thursday at Diciannove - an Italian restaurant within the Crowne Plaza hotel in Blackfriars that has renamed and recently revamped itself. Usually PR events are much the same. Drinks and food that the proprietors THINK you want to sample thrown at you. Followed by an A4 sheet of paper with the offering and many links to ensure that you post SOMETHING to ensure the restaurant gains coverage. I have to love Roche because they get it right. They don’t make me FEEL like I have to post anything on the Internet or give any coverage to events. I guess their clients just have such an air about them that I feel that I will want to tell people “look here! You must go!”

That’s certainly how I felt sampling the food at Diciannove. Listening to the General Manager tell us about his passion for Diciannove and introducing us to his chefs. It’s also how I felt when Jared – restaurant manager (and formally a member of staff at The Waldorf (I know – like WHOA), Nicholas – Hotel Manager and Joel – Bar Manager invited Sally and I to have a look at the layout of Voltaire – the champagne bar and cigar terrace located in the basement of the grade II listed building complete with amazing vaults. It used to be a palace and a prison!

We were blown away. I think we might have found our favourite night spot.

Fennel salad with parmesan and pomegranate

Fennel salad with parmesan and pomegranate

Look at all of this cheese!

Look at all of this cheese!

More cheese, vegetables and bread - can you spy someone in the background?

More cheese, vegetables and bread – can you spy someone in the background?

pizza at Diciannove

pizza at Diciannove

General Manager of Diciannove speaks passionately about the brand

General Manager of Diciannove speaks passionately about the brand

I absolutely want one of these chilli plants in my home when I buy one!

I absolutely want one of these chilli plants in my home when I buy one!

negroni fountain - it's the stuff dreams are made of - look who's in the background - again! ha!

negroni fountain – it’s the stuff dreams are made of – look who’s in the background – again! ha!

chocolate mousse

chocolate mousse

My favourite - definitely the best of the evening - zucchini fries - or courgette fries to us Brits!

My favourite – definitely the best of the evening – zucchini fries – or courgette fries to us Brits!

dining area at Diciannove

dining area at Diciannove

dining area at Diciannove

Two lovely members of staff Diciannove (and a face bomber)

Two lovely members of staff Diciannove (and a face bomber)

Drink of the evening - Aperol Spritzers

Drink of the evening – Aperol Spritzers

The impressive Vaults at Voltaire Champagne Bar & Cigar Terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

the vaults at voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace

These gentlemen kindly obliged in my taking their photo - thanks gents!

These gentlemen kindly obliged in my taking their photo – thanks gents!

I was invited to Diciannove’s launch party. Thank you to Diciannove for their kind hospitality and Roche Communications for the invite.

Diciannove
19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB
020 7438 8052
 
 

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2 Responses to “Diciannove Launch Party | Crowne Plaza Hotel, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB”

  1. Natasha Wickers September 23, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    This place looks & sounds lovely. Glad you & Sally had a nice evening x

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S3

  2. Sally September 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Was a truly fabulous evening. The food was delicious, particularly the zucchini. The Hotel Manager, Bar Manager and Restaurant Manager were very attentive hosts. I cannot wait to return!

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