Fumo, San Carlo Group’s latest venture in Birmingham has taken the city by storm, receiving outstanding reviews in the local press and creating an unprecedented buzz of excitement on the social scene. The new concept cocktail bar and restaurant in Waterloo Street, serves small dishes of Venetian tapas know as cicchetti and is located adjacent to the group’s very first San Carlo restaurant in Temple Street, which is currently undergoing a £1million refurbishment. A feature of Fumo is its stunning, sweeping bar, which offers more than 50 cocktails expertly created by professionally trained staff. The extensive, freshly prepared cicchetti menu reflects the offering at San Carlo’s award winning Cicchetti restaurant in Manchester which, like Fumo, is acclaimed as one of the city’s most fashionable ‘hot spots’. San Carlo Group is an independent, family-run business which was established in 1992 by Carlo Distefano who is chairman. The group now has restaurants throughout the UK. In addition to Birmingham they include Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester and London, where Cicchetti Piccadilly opened just last week. The business is also developing its international franchise operation with Signor Sassi restaurants throughout the Middle East and Bangkok.