Lovely expensive! They have all the goods for your kitchen needs. Very helpful staff! Love cooking? You'll love these people.
Love the guys and girls here!
Yes they know their stuff...yesss they are italian...yesss they are a bit snobby. But hey! They are great at it!
I stopped in here today because I had a £25 gift certificate that I received as a gift when I threw myself a fake birthday party. (Just so you know I had made it explicitly clear on the invitation that it wasn't my real birthday, but I hadn't had a party that year and I wanted an excuse to bake a cake I had just found the ingredients for, so a fake birthday party it was.) I had tried to book one of their cooking classes with it online, but for some reason the gift certificate wouldn't work online, so I had to go into the store.
It's a great shop with some nice, high quality kitchenware. I'm not going to say that I'm a kitchenware snob, because I've had my fair share of cheap cookware, but I grew up around amazing cookware as my parents own a very high quality cookware store. So I like to have it. I crave a kitchen full of fun gadgets and great kitchenware. Now when it comes to this sort of kitchenware, £25 isn't a lot, but I am always willing to spend more if necessary, so I was looking for something special.
Well I found a whole lot of something special here. Unfortunately, the stuff I wanted was all extremely heavy or bulky. Since I was on my feet, I realized that the fondue pot, the medium sized casserole dish, the tart tatin dish, or the ice cream maker were just not on the list. I settled for an oil infuser and a pastry brush (and a liquorice stick to make my total £25.65 -- I'm a great shopper).
The store, however, is quite nice, and it reminds me of growing up and being at my parents store. They have a lot of high quality stuff (even though some stuff I was hoping to see, they didn't have), and I could definitely see myself spending more money here, especially if they ship.
It was a bright, crisp Sunday morning and my boyfriend and I were taking a wander up Marylebone High Street after filling our bags at the market. To tell you the truth we were feeling pretty chuffed with the beautiful selection of goodies we'd bought and even stopped off to buy a couple of bottles of wine to really cap it off. As we wandered into Divertimenti I remember thinking that a lot of the stuff in this cook shop looked really expensive and I was especially careful with my bags not to knock anything. Unfortunately for us the bags were not on our side. After hearing a sudden smash I turned around to find my boyfriend standing in a puddle of red wine. One of the bottles had fallen through the flimsy paper bag and the wine was now working its way around every corner of the shop. We all stood still in shocked awe, my boyfriend, the sales assistant and me. Whoops!
Once this awkward moment had broken the sales assistant arrived to ask us what exactly we thought we were doing. This hadn't been the response I'd expected as it was clearly a mistake. He shouted at us both for a bit (a shop assistant shouting at two adults in his store) before my boyfriend offered to clean it up. The two of us were left with a roll of kitchen paper and spent the next 15 minutes wiping the floor clean. To be honest, I thought the whole response was very over the top, nothing was damaged and surely he should have helped wipe up if he wanted to avoid being sued for someone slipping on the wet surface! This experience had left us scarred and up until last weekend we had avoided returning. Maybe we were feeling especially brave, or maybe it was because we knew we hadn't bought anything that could be broken but a return just felt right.
I'm glad we got over this odd experience because Divertimenti is actually quite a nice shop. Although there are a lot of expensive items it all seems quite relative. As far as cooking supplies go they have everything you could possibly think of and probably in four diffferent colours to suit! I noticed they also offer cookery classes downstairs which seemed very popular with the yummy mummy set. The cafe at the back of the shop seemed busy too, obviously this place is a hit with the locals. Nonetheless I'm still a bit bitter about our wino disaster so I have to stick to a three star review.
I hate this place. Pretty much with a passion. Every time I pop in to look for something I need, they don't carry it.
Last time it was Silpat--like the silicone baking mats. The limited-English-speaker at the counter pointed me to the back corner of the store (because there's always a limited-English speaker at the counter). Obviously not there. I then made my way downstairs to have a look. The girl down there looked at me like I was asking for a rare form of plutonium or something. Yes, she said she knew what I was talking about, but no, they don't carry anything like that. Brilliant!
I have purchased two items here that redeem this place for a second star: a replacement carafe for my French press and a wooden lemon juicer. Both things I probably could have found cheaper at John Lewis. I'll save myself the searing head pain, and order whatever, seemingly obscure, kitchen tool I need from Amazon.
Anything remotely kitcheny can be found here. From designer coffee machines to pasta forks and copper pots. They also have a smallish range of foodstuffs like honeys, chocolates, spices and oils. It's such a wonderful shop to browse in and I always come away feeling inspired.
It doesn't stop at product though. There's a range of cooking classes and wine tasting sessions, interesting courses such as knife skills or table setting. How can anyone claim boredom when there's so much to learn and do.
My other half considers himself quite the epicurean, and it wasn't until I walked past this shop the other day that I knew what I would get him for Christmas - a set of Henckels chef's knifes! You can't go wrong with that, it's a gift that keeps on giving, to all the family.
I can't even list the amount of products they have in this store, it would be pointless. Suffice to say that if there is something very particular that you've been looking for, like a ceiling rack or a trivet, they'll stock four different brands. I just bought myself some new pie tins to get started on some crimbo tarts!
Whenever I'm in Marylebone High Street, I like to pop my head into Divertimenti, to drool over pastel-coloured casseroles and fantasise about stocking my dream kitchen with their built-to-last products. But the fact is, I'll need a massive pay increase and/or success with a lottery ticket to be able to afford to shop here on a regular basis.
What I can afford is their foodie magazines from New Zealand, my mother country, and useful wipe-clean conversion charts or kitchen utensil cleaning handbooks. Part of the upstairs shop is dedicated to a cafe, where you can sip on coffee whilst ogling the array of fine wooden chopping boards. Downstairs is a teaching kitchen where demonstrations and classes are held, and judging by the cost of classes further out of London, which are on a par with those at Divertimenti, you'd be better off forking out for one of these because at least they're central, and you can always go shopping afterwards!
Everything is so beautiful and shiny and infectious here, that you'll find yourself almost justifying the £300 price tag on that 10-speed motor mixer because you MUST have it to make your kitchen complete. Or the paella pan! Don't you need it? Ok, so you walk out with just the £10 truffle slicer... not exactly practical, but you've got visions of a truffle risotto...
You get the point (and if you come to this shop, you must be at least a little obsessed with all things kitchen/cookery). But while Divertimenti is an upmarket destination, they have some very reasonably-priced kitchen necessities as well.
Their cookery and wine classes are also excellent - from demos with a professional chef to hands-on classes (knife skills, party food, Easter in Italy, chocolate - you name it), there is something to appeal to any aspiring cook or foodlover. Note that the classes are highly popular so book in advance.
Divertiti caught me by surprise, I was just taking a stroll with a friend on Marylebone High Rd, and noticed this kitchen and household Italian goods shop, thought perfect Christmas pressie for the mum.
When I went in I saw quite a bit of commotion at the end of the shop, sounds of coffee machine and chitter chatter and surprisingly there was a little coffee shop, which I had to try. Euro chic style of shopping, I ordered a coffee with an expresso, and my friends ordered a jasmine tea, in a coffee shop!! which for a coffee shop it was very impressive, and cost effective too at £1.20 for a fresh brew.
While you sit, drink and chat, you get a good chance to see what's for sale, and decide what looks good from sitting down, that's what I like, very Italian style, hand made look, traditional looking, yet modern feel, had all sorts for sale, from ovens to plates.
Friendly relaxed atmosphere, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go back, good if your already in the area.
This upmarket shop stocks mainly kitchenware, perfect for (presents for) foodies, and cooking fanatics. They items they stock are pricey, beautifully made and diplayed invitingly. The staff know their stuff and downstairs is the location of the cookery & wine school where cookery classes and demonstrations take place. Upstairs they also have a café serving light dishes, cakes and hot drinks
Divertimenti is expensive - make no mistake. You could buy anything in there somewhere else at a fraction of the price. However, the selection is brilliant and it's fun to browse through all the kitchen things you will probably never need. Staff are friendly enough but it's not a shop which is going to set the world on fire.
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