Situated in one of the most fashionable districts of St Petersburg, Francesco is an institution. Two elegant, sophisticated floors with a view over evocative Suvorovsky Prospect. The cuisine is clearly classic and traditional, but there’s also pizza and a number of evergreens of Italian cooking, with an eye on seafood. The difference between a high-end trattoria and a fine dining restaurant relies in good attention to ingredients and preparation: from mirepoix to stock and pastries, jams and ice creams, everything is made on site in the kitchen (employing advanced food preservation techniques) from fresh products and many Italian specialities from small artisans. The wine list is extensive and well structured, with many big names, especially hailing from Tuscany.