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...Italian Restaurants

Date: 20.08.10 Category:

“From bacaros and trattorias to osterias and pizzerias, there are a multitude of irresistible Italian restaurants in London to discover.”

If the chance of enjoying delectable Italian cuisine under a Tuscan sun is slipping through your fingers like a string of over-cooked spaghetti, then fear not; the sun in London might be fading and our men might lack that Stallion style, but there are plenty of fantastic restaurants serving authentic, delicious Italian fare.

Polpetto – opening on 23rd August – is the baby sister of the inexhaustibly popular Polpo. Small in size and serving small dishes, Polpetto is sure to confirm the notion that all good things come in small packages. Also in Soho, is Bocca di Lupo - informal and vibrant, diners can sit at the bar and watch the chefs or take their time over traditional Italian flavours in the restaurant.

Hailed as one of London’s best Italian restaurants and with one Michelin star, Locanda Locatelli should be on everyone’s hit list. And though it comes at a price, The River Café with its spectacular food, al fresco space and unwavering reputation is an absolute must-visit.

For relaxed, Italian chic, Daphne’s in South Kensington is a favourite no matter what time of day, or if you find yourself in Mayfair both Babbo and Franco’s deliver a sophisticated setting for locals who love linguini.

In Notting Hill, Negozio Classica serves delicious plates of cheese and cured meats in a traditionally authentic, romantic setting. Also in Notting Hill, with a slightly more extensive menu but also with a rustic and intimate flavour is Osteria Basilico - perfect for sharing a romantic pizza over candlelight (remember spaghetti sauces are to be avoided when romance is on the cards).

But if you are City-bound and pizza is your thing, there really is only one place to head for a slice of the action: the rustically modern, Pizza East.

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Polpetto

Polpetto

Restaurant

"Small, perfectly-formed and Italian? It sounds like most men's perfect date, but it's Polpetto - a perfect date-destination."

Upstairs at The French House, 49 Dean Street, London W1D 5BG

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Bocca di Lupo

Bocca di Lupo

Restaurant

"Relaxed, refined and with regional cuisine, you'll go loopy for Bocca di Lupo."

12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB

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Locanda Locatelli

Locanda Locatelli

Restaurant

"With a name as fabulously Italian as that, how could it fail? Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli is a truly wonderful restaurant."

8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ

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The River Café

The River Café

Restaurant

"It comes at a price but it is always spectacular; it's well worth waiting another month for that new jacket you wanted."

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA

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Daphne's

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Daphne's

Restaurant

"Full of charm all year round, this understated but chic Italian restaurant is one of my favourites in the South Ken area."

112 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AE

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Babbo

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Babbo

Restaurant

"Oozing with old-fashioned charm and serving traditional Italian dishes, Babbo is the daddy."

39 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JQ

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Franco's

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Franco's

Restaurant

"From breakfast through to dinner via lunches and early evening drinks, Franco's is a favourite with Mayfair locals and others who..."

61 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6LX

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Negozio Classica

Negozio Classica

Restaurant with bar

"A great date place, Negozia Classica is charming, relaxed and alluring, serving incredible wine and authentic Italian food in an..."

283 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA

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Osteria Basilico

Osteria Basilico

Restaurant

"Located in a vibrantly chic part of Notting Hill, Osteria Basilico is a rustic and charming, local favourite."

29 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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Pizza East

Pizza East

Restaurant

"Fun, vibrant, relaxed and buzzing, Pizza East is the coolest place for pizza in town."

56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1

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