122 Old Street, London EC1V 9BD

This laid back pasta place has a fairly simple menu serving only pasta and a handful of snacks. The pasta, however, is anything but basic with interesting flavour combos and serves. The tortello carbonara is their spin on a classic carbonara only it’s presented as pasta parcels filled with percorino, crispy cured pork cheek and zabaione, so each one is an explosion of flavour. The homemade cannolo is worth staying around for too!


Bancone, William IV Street, London
  • Monday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 9:30 PM

Bancone is one of the best places to get fresh pasta in London, and the prices aren’t too bad either (considering it’s in central London). Padella may have kicked off the trend, but Bancone is right up there in terms of quality and also takes reservations, meaning no waiting in line like at Padella. Bancone’s Exec chef Ben Waugh guides the team in creating seasonal dishes such as silk handkerchiefs covered in walnut butter and an egg yolk; cacio e pepe; and ravioli filled with beef shin ‘ossobuco’ and covered in saffron butter. They’re all knock-out good.


54-56 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3QR

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.


36 Brixton Water Lane, London SW2 1PE
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 12:30 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:30 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:30 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:30 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:30 – 3:00 PM

Housed in the former Montego Inn in Brixton, Maremma is all about showcasing produce, particularly game and seafood, and wine from the Maremma part of Tuscany (it’s the southwestern portion by the coast FYI). Much of the wine list hasn’t been seen in the UK before so you really are getting something new. The menu is tight, with only a handful of antipasti, primi and secondi – definitely don’t miss the signature tortelli Maremmani, fat parcels stuffed with spinach and ricotta, and swimming in sage butter.


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

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.


77 Alie St, Whitechapel, London E1 8NH

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta has recently opened up its doors in Aldgate. This is their second London site to open and follows in the footsteps of the original restaurant in St Katharine Docks by showcasing the best of Italian food, including making all the pasta in-house. We recommend starting with the burrata, which is served with warm ciabatta and lashings of extra virgin oil, followed by the salmon carbonara, a delish twist on the classic. Top food paired with a relaxed atmosphere makes Emilia’s the ideal place to get your pasta fix.


165A Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 3NU

Coming from the people behind the much-loved Artusi in Peckham, Marcella is serving up bangin’ Italian food in SE8. The look and feel is very similar to Artusi, all stripped back wooden furniture, white walls, bare wood, and an open kitchen at the back of the room. The short menu is chalked up on the wall and it’s one of those ones where you just want EVERYTHING. The fried artichokes and saffron arancini are mega, the fresh pasta is up there with the best of them and you’ll wanna leave room for the puds too.


45 Great Queen Street, London

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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26 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DU

Popolo is a hidden gem of a restaurant, which boasts a pretty impressive bar for counter dining and intimate dining room upstairs. The menu is mostly Italian with Middle Eastern and Spanish influences…hello fried olives with labne and morita chilli oil. With other dishes like octopus with paprika and potatoes, gnudi with buffalo ricotta and sage butter, and burnt honey panna cotta and figs, this place is defo worth a visit.

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80 City Rd, London EC1Y 8TW

If you like to spend time your time dining in what is an urban sanctuary that ticks all interior goals boxes – think large oval striped oak tables, a huge marble bar and a palette of sandy and concrete tones – then Passo is the place. Sitting just off Old Street roundabout, the family-style Sunday roasts are a winner, the emphasis being on the ‘family’ in terms of portion size too. With their meat coming from HG Walter, you best be in the mood for a feast. Grass-fed Aberdeen Angus 35-day dry-aged porcini roasted rump beef, served medium rare as well as free range, corn fed, British garlic and thyme roast chicken were both excellent, soft and juicy. Served, just as they should be, with lashings of gravy, a Yorkshire pudding, truffle cauliflower cheese (hello), parmesan and thyme duck fat roast potatoes, honey roast root vegetables and chargrilled king cabbage with almonds, we felt a little spoilt. We did love, love, love this roast. Top marks.


37A Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN

Via Emilia specialises in food from the Emilia Romagna region of north Italy (the clue’s in the name). That includes some of the lightest gnocco fritto in town, creamy squacquerone cheese and a delish selection of charcuterie. Then there’s the hand made egg pasta dishes, which are priced from just £5.50 and the red sparkling lambrusco at £5 a glass. The cheapest trip to Italy you’ll go on.


12 Archer St, London W1D 7BB
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 3:30 PM, 5:00 – 9:30 PM

Bocca di Lupo has quickly become a Soho classic since opening in 2008, with its buzzy vibe, ever-changing and ever-crowd-pleasing menu and impressive wine list. The beautifully designed dining rooms and the comfortable, convivial vibes consistently draw mixed crowds of Londoners night after night to dine on some choice Italian food. The menu changes every day, but you can be sure to get plates of delicious fresh pasta, grilled meats and fish, as well as handmade gelati from Gelupo. We definitely recommend getting a seat at the counter, if you can, for a chef’s table experience right at the heart of the action.

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