About Massimo

Meet the Chef

“La vita e’ troppo corta per mangiare e bere male” – Massimo Riccioli 

Meet Massimo, the eccentric Chef Patron and dedicated artist behind each and every one of our flavoursome creations.

His career in the world of cuisine has revolved around the highest quality seafood for the last 40 years, and his first restaurant, Rome’s La Rosetta, has enjoyed decades of celebrated success.

Massimo hurls his heart and soul into every dish. He is completely obsessed with sourcing the best, sustainable ingredients, and his determination has taken him across the world to find them. He is serious about food, and has immersed himself in various global cooking cultures so as to best understand their methods for success.

But above all, Massimo believes wholesome hospitality to be an act of love, and will stop at nothing to ensure that his guests can physically taste that vibrant Mediterranean passion in every single one of his dishes.


As a specialty Restaurant and Oyster Bar, the emphasis at Massimo Restaurant is definitely on seafood – the very best oysters, sea urchins, fish, shellfish and lobsters – all sustainably sourced, locally where possible.

We believe in letting our ingredients speak for themselves, so we offer a selection of crudo delicacies, as well as simply-cooked fish dishes that really showcase nature’s flavours. Then we back that up with seasonal ingredients that make all the difference.

Of course it doesn’t stop there. Our menus promise a little something of whatever you fancy, including antipasti, pasta and meat dishes, while our Oyster Bar serves chic and tasty snacks to accompany a glass of champagne or freshly-made cocktail.


The elegant design of the Restaurant was in the hands of David Collins, one of the most distinguished interior designers of the moment. His effortless take on things has created a feeling of grandeur yet retained a sense of softness, thanks to the choice of rich fabrics, fine marble and graceful lunettes.

The concept behind Massimo takes it on a journey from its birth in the Victorian era, to a modern, beautiful and inspiring destination today. Touches of Italian style are omnipresent and Roman passion can be felt in everything from the flooring to the ceiling.


Massimo – Food with a heart, in the heart of London

The word ‘unbeatable’ is bandied about quite a lot – but how else can you describe the location of a restaurant that’s just seconds from Trafalgar Square and minutes from the stylish West End?

So why not discover us for yourself? Find us…

By tube: Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Embankment
By taxi or on foot: Massimo’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 10 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5AE.