If you’re a foodie, London is the perfect city for you, jam-packed full of some of the best fine dining restaurants and hole-in-the-wall eateries you can find in the country. With thousands of food establishments to choose from, London is indeed the food capital of the world. While some may claim that Paris or Tokyo hold this title, nowhere provides quite so much variety as London.
When it comes to Italian restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the capital, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites, from luxurious, fine dining restaurants, to cheap and cheerful, family-friendly establishments.
In the exclusive and luxurious district of Knightsbridge, you can find this fantastic restaurant, Osteria Romana. Known for its traditional Italian dishes and elegant yet cosy atmosphere, this restaurant offers a fine dining experience that features authentic ingredients which are delivered directly from Rome’s markets every week.
Pizza Union Dalston
This pizza place can be found in the painfully cool district of Dalston in East London. With prices that you wouldn’t believe you could find in London, Pizza Union provides great value for great food. Their pizzas look like something from a fine restaurant but with a price tag to rival fast food, you can’t go wrong.
Bella Cosa Restaurant
Set in the financial district, Canary Wharf, this restaurant is perfect for everything from a business meeting to a romantic date. The dishes are beautifully presented, showing off some of the fantastic ingredients in an exciting and unique way. With a private wine room ideal for private groups, this restaurant is the perfect venue for exclusive dining.
This charming restaurant has a traditional Italian feel to it, serving authentic and delicious Italian dishes in a characterful setting. Featuring a woodfire oven, the pizzas are perfectly cooked in the most authentic way, giving you a true taste of Italy at home in London.
Run by the Pellicci family for over 100 years, E. Pellicci offers a delicious Italian menu set in a beautiful building which features an ornate wooden panelled decor which was carved by a regular customer in 1946. The building has now been awarded Grade II listed status, as it serves delicious Italian food.
28 Church Row
This restaurant would be so easy to miss if you don’t know of its existence. Tucked away in the basement of a beautiful Georgian building, 28 Church Row claims influences from Italy and Spain, combining the two foodie cultures to create a fantastic sharing menu. The restaurant doesn’t take bookings, adding to its feel of exclusivity as you may have to wait for a table.
Il Convivo is set in a beautiful Georgian townhouse conversion in the heart of Belgravia. With a stunning menu of traditional and authentic Italian food, the restaurant offers a big selection of fantastic ingredients, expertly crafted into incredible dishes.
Fiddie’s Italian Kitchen
Fiddie’s Italian Kitchen presents fantastic Italian food in a relaxed and low-key environment. In fact, you may not expect to be served food of this high standard in such a relaxed environment. You can expect plenty of classic Italian dishes, available to eat in or take away.
City of London
With a focus on freshly made, authentic Italian pasta, Mangio is a popular place for those looking for a taste of Italy at a reasonable price. This is the ideal place for a quick lunch with the best Italian ingredients or you can even take the fresh pasta home with you to cook later on so you can have a delicious Italian meal in the comfort of your own home.
Fine Foods – Locanda del Melo
With an online shop and deli on site, Fine Foods has so much more to offer than just its fantastic restaurant. Fresh ingredients are beautifully combined to craft delicious Italian dishes. You can even enjoy an ‘English style’ breakfast with an Italian twist if you visit early enough.