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ITALIAN RESTAURANTS

Pasta, pizza, gelato? We’ve rounded up the best Italian restaurants in London that will leave you screaming MAMA MIA.

Italian Restaurants in London Highlights

Bocca Di Lupo might be an oldie but it’s a goodie. The Soho restaurant serves up a mix of small and large plates with menus changing everyday, and a banging selection of homemade gelati. With a solid wine list and buzzy atmosphere, it’s always a good night at Bocca Di Lupo.

Capricci is an Italian restaurant and deli that’s all about authentic Italian ingredients from artisan producers.The menu changes daily, but if you see THAT seafood spaghetti on the menu order it! Desserts aren’t as exciting, but you’ll probably fill up on that huge howl of pasta anyway.

Margot is relatively new, but it has the feeling of a proper classic. Serving up classic Italian fare, from cured meats, carpaccio and tartare dishes to salads, homemade pasta and a range of meat and fish main courses, it really ticks all the boxes. Grub doesn’t come in cheap, but it’s SO worth it.

Francesco Mazzei keeps things nice and simple with a menu of fresh pastas, pizzas and some killer sides. MUST orders include the zucchini fritti, seafood fettuccine topped with mussels, squid, and scallops and bergamont baba. Radici is one of our fave spots in Islington and defo worth checking out.

Theo Randall has been at The Intercontinental for over ten years, but we’re still not bored of their incredible pasta dishes. Their slow cooked pigeon agnolotti and the beef tagliatelle are defo worth digging in to and don’t miss out on THAT lemon tart for dessert.

THE RIVER CAFE

Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 9HA, UK

Opened in 1987, The River Cafe is one of London’s most influential restaurants, launching the careers of Jamie Oliver and Theo Randall to name a few. Still as relevant as ever, The River Cafe is the model that a lot of the other restaurants on this map are based on: fresh, seasonal Italian ingredients, treated with the lightest of touches. The River Cafe changes its menu twice a day (yes TWICE) depending on what’s available and in season, but you can always be sure that it will deliver the goods. There’s anitpasti such as Roman artichokes with Amalfi lemon, and sea bass carpaccio; pasta dishes like ravioli stuffed with buffalo ricotta, garden herbs & lemon zest with marjoram butter; and secondi of whole wood-roasted pigeon, and chargrilled Scottish scallops with zucchini fritti, chilli and mint. For dessert there is one thing that is always on the menu – the classic, unbelievably gooey and rich chocolate nemesis cake. A meal at The River Cafe doesn’t come cheap, but it’s well worth a splurge at least once to experience one of London’s most iconic restaurants.

EMILIA

7 Haunch of Venison Yard, Mayfair, London W1K 5ES, UK

The team behind Clipstone, Portland and Quality Chop House have done it again with their latest opening, Emilia, as it’s an absolute winner. Inspired by the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Emilia is some of the best Italian food available in London at the moment. Highlights from the starters include cured mackerel with chilli and garlic, and the fresh tuna carpaccio. Then there’s the pastas: a beautiful fresh tagliatelle with big chunks of rabbit, all coated in a rosemary and roasted garlic sauce; two giant ravioli stuffed with walnuts, ricotta and tomatoes; and best of all, the parpadelle and venison ragu, which we’ve been dreaming about ever since.

If you’re into your vino you have the choice of two wine lists; the one on the menu, which features wines by the glass and bottle, with selection from the Italian peninsula and beyond, and The Auction List, which is a selection of special bottles sourced with the help of Richard Harvey, Master of Wine and Head of Bonhams Wine Department.

BOCCA DI LUPO

12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB, United Kingdom

Bocca Di Lupo might be an oldie but it’s a goodie. The Soho restaurant serves up a mix of small and large plates with menus changing everyday, and a banging selection of homemade gelati. With a solid wine list and buzzy atmosphere, it’s always a good night at Bocca Di Lupo.

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LINA STORES

18 Brewer Street Soho W1F 0SH

Lina Stores is a bit of a Soho veteran. They’ve been making fresh pasta on the site for over 70 years and the Italian Deli is still going strong. They import and sell authentic Italian produce, and continue to make pasta, cakes, hot dishes and sandwiches on site. It’s some of the best pasta around, oh and they do some mighty fine coffee too!

TRULLO

300-302 St Paul's Rd, London N1 2LH, UK

Even though Padella is the spin-off restaurant, it’s arguably more famous than its big sis Trullo (low prices and long queues will always attract attention). Not only can you get the very same pasta (admittedly the selection is smaller) including the famous beef shin pappardelle and the pici cacio e pepe, but at Trullo you’ve got some knockout seasonal Italian dishes on offer too, from rustic antipasti to fish and meat cooked over charcoal.

GLORIA

54-56 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3QR, UK

Gloria is Parisian restaurant group Big Mamma’s first foray into London and they certainly arrived with a bang. It’s full on, both outside and in with bright colours, plants, a central bar with hundreds of glowing bottles, and every inch of space decorated with pictures and mirrors. The menu is just as OTT with massive sharing pastas, carbonara served at the table in a cheese wheel, pizzas with names like Regina Instagram and Robert De Nitro, and lemon meringue pies the size of your head.

RADICI

30 Almeida Street, London N1 1AD, United Kingdom

Francesco Mazzei keeps things nice and simple with a menu of fresh pastas, pizzas and some killer sides. MUST orders include the zucchini fritti, seafood fettuccine topped with mussels, squid, and scallops and bergamont baba. Radici is one of our fave spots in Islington and defo worth checking out.

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CIRCOLO POPOLARE

40-41 Rathbone Pl, London W1T 1HX, UK

If you like your restaurants OTT then you won’t find anywhere better than Circolo Popolare. The second London restaurant from the Big Mamma group, after the equally extra Gloria, is massive and every inch of the interiors are decked out, from thousands of spirit bottles lining the walls to ceilings covered in plants. As you’d expect, nothing is subtle here and that includes the food – carbonara is served tableside inside a giant wheel of cheese, there are sharing size giant open lasagne and the mushroom pasta comes blanketed in truffles and a rich mascarpone sauce.

THEO RANDALL

InterContinental London, 1 Hamilton Pl, London, W1J 7QY

Theo Randall has been at The Intercontinental for over ten years, but we’re still not bored of their incredible pasta dishes. Their slow cooked pigeon agnolotti and the beef tagliatelle are defo worth digging in to and don’t miss out on THAT lemon tart for dessert.

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MARGOT

45 Great Queen Street, London, UK

The warm and inviting space of Margot has been designed beautifully with classic green leather banquettes, elegant decorative tiles, and a long zinc bar in front of an open kitchen. It serves classic Italian fare, from cured meats, carpaccio and tartare dishes to salads, homemade pasta and a range of meat and fish main courses. You’ll defo be wanting a least a couple of those fresh pasta plates.

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CAPRICCI

Block C NEO Bankside, 72 Holland Street, London, SE1 9NX

Capricci is an Italian restaurant and deli that’s all about authentic Italian ingredients from artisan producers.The menu changes daily, but if you see THAT seafood spaghetti on the menu order it! Desserts aren’t as exciting, but you’ll probably fill up on that huge howl of pasta anyway…

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