There’s nothing better than the comforting taste of Italian food – that’s just a fact! In London, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to pizza, pasta, and gelato, so it’s sometimes difficult to choose where to eat. Luckily, that’s where we come in. Here are 10 of our favorite Italian restaurants in London.
Best Italian Restaurants in London
This is the place to go when you’re craving old-school Italian hospitality with a touch of class. Norma serves Sicilian-inspired dishes using seasonal and sustainable British and Italian produce.
Among our top choices are the wild mushroom and mozzarella ravioli, served with truffle oil aioli, as well as the crab-infused bucatini. And, of course, no meal at Norma is complete without trying their homemade limoncello.
A particularly nice touch can be found with their invisible chips. If you buy these, Norma will donate all of the proceeds to Hospitality Action, helping get the hospitality industry back on its feet, one portion at a time.
2. Flour & Grape
They encourage diners to try 2-3 starters to share and then heading to individual pasta dishes. We loved the simple bruschetta topped with freshly chopped tomatoes, but it’s the pasta dishes that spoke to us. You’ve got to try the unbeatable fazzoletti with spinach, mascarpone, and nutmeg, and the reginette, which is full of fennel sausage ragu and tomato.
Of course, it’s not a visit to an Italian restaurant without having a dessert. Here you have to have the crema di mascarpone, which has poached nectarine and roasted hazelnut.
If you want to take a bit of Flour & Grape home, you can also buy their freshly made pasta at a counter at the restaurant’s front. And believe us when we say that you will want to.
This restaurant can be found on Savile Row – so you already know that this is a restaurant full of timeless glamour. Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei has created an all-day menu inspired by his home region of Calabria, Italy.
There are a dizzying array of choices here, but one must try the Cacio e Pepe with black truffle. Homemade pasta and black truffle melt in your mouth to create one of the most indulgent food experiences we’ve ever had. Have their sommelier recommend a wine to go with your food, and you’ve got yourself the perfect meal.
This is an expensive choice, but if you’ve got a special event coming up, you can’t do better than Sartoria.
It’s not that often you’ll hear us recommend a hotel restaurant in London, but we had to make an exception with Sette. This isn’t a classic Italian restaurant, but it rather serves an Italian-via-New-York menu. No less delicious, just a bit different!
We were recommended to try their signature dish of spaghetti with tomato and basil, which is far richer and more impressive than it sounds! Believe us when we say that we savored every mouthful. They also have fantastic dishes of yellowtail and tuna sushi and veal tenderloin with gnocchi alla romana and glazed sweetbreads.
It would be best if you also asked for wine recommendations with each course – the staff are very knowledgeable and happy to help you.
Lardo is a homey, welcoming restaurant that specializes in everyone’s favorite Italian dish – pizza.
We love their seasonal menu, as it means that every time we visit, there are new and exciting dishes to try. We recently had puttanesca pizza and their unusual pizza that is topped with braised leeks, garlic, rocket pesto, and almonds. We’re sure we don’t have to say that this was a pizza unlike any we’d tried before!
They have recently changed up their menu so that 75% of the dishes are vegetarian. This is because they are moving towards a more sustainable and planet-friendly menu. Always a good move, in our book!
6. Bocca Di Lupo
A family-run place to eat in London restaurant in the heart of Soho, Bocca Di Lupo is a humble trattoria that sells world-class food. We could rave for hours about their sea-bream carpaccio with orange and rosemary, as well as their veal and pork meatballs with pistachio & lemon. However, don’t always expect these to be on the menu, as it changes twice daily!
As for dessert? The restaurant has a gelato shop right across the street. Head here, try a scoop of their hazelnut ice cream, and have a wander through the buzzing Soho streets.
Bocca Di Lupo is also a fantastic place to have a pre-theatre dinner, as they offer a quick one-dish meal for £10 or less. This also changes daily!
‘Bancone’ is the Italian word for ‘bar’ or ‘counter,’ and it’s a name that makes sense for this restaurant. It is the ultimate place to pair homemade Italian pasta and wine.
The show’s star at Bancone is their pasta dish of silk handkerchiefs (a type of pasta), walnut butter, and confit egg yolk. The sight of the bright yellow yolk placed on top of the dish is one of our favorite foodie memories.
Naturally, they also have a great wine list that focuses on Italian wines. It includes wines from tiny, family-run businesses to some of the biggest and best global winemakers. You’re sure to find a new favorite when dining here!
Maremma serves only the best high-quality seasonal produce in their Tuscan-inspired dishes.
Words can’t describe how delicious their quail wrapped in pancetta is, let alone their tagliata of grass-fed beef, rocket, and pecorino. Also, try their rosemary old-fashioned. It changed our understanding of what an old-fashioned could taste like.
One of our favorite touches is that many of the wines, salumi, cheeses, and olive oils are imported directly from Tuscan suppliers. This is as authentic as it is going to get without actually going to Tuscany yourself! Happily, they also have a deli attached to the restaurant so that you can buy some of these incredible Tuscan products yourself.
This restaurant is a London institution, and it’s easy to see why. First opening in 1945, it is believed that Franco’s is one of the first Italian restaurants in London!
Their rabbit ravioli with marjoram sauce is a delight, as is their roasted monkfish with pumpkin and trompette mushrooms. However, while all of their dishes are excellent, we particularly love their desserts. You will be obsessed with their cannolo with pistachio ice cream as soon as you taste it – trust us!
This is also one of the most welcoming Italian restaurants around. Every time we go there, it feels a little bit like we’re coming home.
Finally, there’s Gloria. Quirky is the word that best describes this restaurant, with its mismatched crockery and amusing menu. While it might not be for everyone, we found this quite charming.
We also think that the cocktails alone are worth the trip to Gloria! Some of our favorites include Colada Me Later (a flaming version of the classic colada) and their take on the negroni, which is topped with truffle foam. They also have a very cozy wine room where you can try a whole array of authentic Italian wines.
However, you’ve got to try their food, too. The burrata is insanely good, as it oozes pesto in a way that always makes our mouths water. If you’re a dessert person, you’ve got to get your hands on their profiterole Napoletana, which is a giant profiterole filled with ice cream and topped with lashings of warm chocolate sauce.
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