Our Story

Our Story

Jamie’s Italian was founded by Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo, in Oxford, 2008. Since then it has grown to more than 60 restaurants worldwide, with plans for even more in towns, cities and countries around the world – but that’s not even half the story…

Jamie’s Italian is inspired by Italy and many of its traditions and values. In Jamie’s own words:

Since I was a teenager I’ve been totally besotted by the love, passion and verve for food, family and life itself that just about all Italian people have, no matter where they’re from or how rich or poor they might be. And that’s what I’m passionate about – good food for everyone, no matter what... But the thing I love most about the Italians is that somehow, although they have some of the best fashion designers and cars in the world, they’ve managed to retain a unique sense of tradition and village spirit.

 

Our menu is rooted in authenticity. We’re all about fantastic, rustic dishes created using tried and tested recipes. Jamie’s friend and mentor, Gennaro Contaldo, has added substance to what is now the essence of Jamie’s Italian – tradition combined with current, innovative ideas and a Jamie twist.We work hard to find the very best ingredients for all of our dishes. Everything is meticulously sourced from producers – both in Italy and around the world – who share our ethos and take enormous pride in what they do. We train our staff to have a thorough knowledge of all the dishes we serve, too. We teach them the origin of each dish, how the dishes have been created and cooked, and the personalities and stories behind them all.

We work hard to find the very best ingredients, which are meticulously sourced from producers, both in Italy and around the UK, who share our ethos and take enormous pride in what they do. In turn, this inspires the team at Jamie’s Italian and we train our staff to have a thorough knowledge of all the dishes that we serve. We teach the origin of each dish, how the dishes have been created and cooked, and the personalities and stories behind them all.

Jamie’s Italian was designed to be accessible and affordable, a neighbourhood restaurant where everyone is welcome and feels comfortable, no matter what the time of day. Each restaurant is uniquely designed to incorporate the history of the building and personality of the city, as well as creating an environment where the focus is on exceptional food, good company and the relaxed conviviality of the “Italian table”.

Our unique culture is based on knowledge and pride and since opening our first restaurant in Oxford in 2008, this has inspired the successful expansion of Jamie’s Italian nationwide across the UK and also internationally. As we grow, our menu and concept are constantly evolving with creativity, simplicity, great quality and genuine passion at the heart of everything we do.