Food & drink

£1 million Fumo Italian restaurant to open in Selfridges Birmingham

Marcello Distefano_MD San Carlo Group_Sam Watts_General Manager Selfridges Birmingham_Carlo Distefano_Chairman San Carlo Group and Sacha Distefano_Director San Carlo Group

Marcello Distefano, MD San Carlo Group, with Sam Watts, General Manager of Selfridges Birmingham, Carlo Distefano, Chairman San Carlo Group, and Sacha Distefano, Director San Carlo Group.

Birmingham’s multi-award winning Italian restaurant company, San Carlo Group is set to launch its second Midlands Fumo restaurant and cocktail bar in a prime city centre spot

The Italian family-owned and run group, which has 17 leading UK restaurants including the original and hugely popular San Carlo on Temple Street and Fumo on Waterloo Street, is to open a £1 million Fumo restaurant, champagne and cocktail bar at Selfridges in Birmingham this autumn.  

Fumo will be located in Selfridges on the fourth floor with stunning views overlooking the iconic Bullring. With a nod to the popular and critical success of its Fumo restaurants in Birmingham, Manchester and St Martins Lane, London, Fumo will serve delicious, seasonal Italian small plate dishes to share or eat alone and a feature bar will specialise in cocktails and Laurent Perrier champagne.

The restaurant will be the third Selfridges San Carlo Group restaurant – San Carlo Bottega and Gran Café are situated within Selfridges Exchange Square, Manchester.

The group’s success has been built on providing original Italian food using the freshest produce, much of which is flown in from markets in Milan and Sicily. It is this passion for food and attention to detail that has seen Fumo on Waterloo Street scoop several awards since its launch five years ago including Best Italian Restaurant at the BFDH Awards and Les Routiers Restaurant of the Year.

A further 16 individually designed venues are located in Manchester, Cheshire, Liverpool, Leeds, Roundhay, Bristol, Leicester and London and further afield diners enjoy San Carlo restaurants in Qatar, Bahrain and Bangkok.

For more details visit, and you can read our review of San Carlo’s original Birmingham restaurant in the September issue of J’AIME, out August 23.


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