In his 90s but still emailing his chums with a daily satirical cartoon Enzo has had arguably as important an impact on UK dining as Conran, Ramsey et al.
He came to London in the 50s having studied literature in Naples, served in the second world war in the Italian Air Force and began designing in Rome and then Venice. What he found in London was an advertising scene impressed by his graphic art, but a restaurant scene still dragging itself out of rationing and cheap food.
He began work with a few Italian old school eateries, ripping out dowdy interiors and replacing them with white walls, tiled floors and bright murals. Bringing life and light from the Med to the West End.
All those down lit pools of light centred on the table at which you sit, that was Enzo’s work as well.
So enjoy your intimate dinner tonight wherever you are and bask in his glory.
A relationship with Peter Boizot the founder of Pizza Express led to his designs being spread around the country to be pinched and replicated by many rivals. And even many chums, so here he is with us at Croma, still spreading colour and light across the land. And as ever, don’t we just need it. Complimenti Enzo e Mille Grazie Ragazzo.