“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.
Bocca di Lupo
The River Café