The first thing that hits you at Fumo is the subdued lighting and curved sweeping bar. This place is elegant. This place is brilliant.
It serves sophisticated cicchetti – small dishes of freshly prepared Italian tapas. Try either the polpette (beef meatballs with tomato) or the achingly light crab salad. In terms of drinks, they make classic cocktails brilliantly, or plump from the wine list something red and Italian – the Barolo is our favourite. Without question this is home to Birmingham’s best Italian beer selection with Menabrea, La Mi Dona, La Gradisca and Peroni Gran Riserva joining the usual suspects.
Expect Birmingham’s bankers, big spenders and food buffs. It might not be cheap, but it’s oh so worth it.
Best Bars tip: The ‘Nduja Calabrian soft spicy sausage & buffalo mozzarella pizza is the city’s best slice.
— Tom Cullen