Best Italian Restaurants In London

Rustic and local? A buzzing atmosphere with pizza slices on the side? These are the best Italian restaurants London has to offer, covering all bases from notorious pasta places churning out the best cacio e pepe to high-end fine dining spots with authentic flavours and Michelin Guide mentions.

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Last updated on 14th May 2024




Bocconcino Mayfair

If you're craving traditional Italian food in a gorgeous setting, then head to Bocconcino. This luxury pick of Italian restaurants in Mayfair whips up a glorious range of plates inspired by a range of regions and head chef Marco Corsica's childhood memories of the Mediterranean coast, from burrata to lobster linguine. The space here is stunning, filled with marble floors, winding staircases and statement columns. While the ground floor is inspired by trattorias in Italy, downstairs takes the ambience up a notch with live music. 

Piccolino Heddon Street London

Pizza plates? Carbonara bowls? You're certainly going to want to head to Piccolino on Heddon Street or in Exchange Square - some of the best Italian restaurants in Central London. Experts in group dining, the Mayfair location is particularly wonderful with its open kitchen, lower ground floor cicchetti bar and private dining space, plus an extensive alfresco terrace that's perfect for pretending you're sunning yourselves in Italy throughout the warmer months.

Well Street Pizza

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For traditional Neapolitan-style pizza, look no further than Well Street Pizza in Hackney. These scrumptious offerings are wood-fired in the independent restaurant's custom ovens, with plenty of opportunity to customise with your choice of toppings - making them a favourite in the local area. Better yet, there's wine, craft beer or cocktails to accompany and it's only a handy walk away from both Homerton and London Fields stations.

Pizza Pilgrims - Restaurants In London

Coupling stunning Neapolitan pizzas with all your favourite drinks from Italy, Pizza Pilgrims are some of the best affordable Italian restaurants in London. They deal only in huge sauce-stained smiles here and have more than ten years of experience, with toppings ranging from vegan pepperoni to smokey aubergine parm, and classics like sausage with wild broccoletti. Check out locations in Camden, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and more.

Terra Terra

Terra Terra is an absolutely stunning spot on Finchley Road, sporting simple interiors covered in plants and a gorgeous terrace too. The focus here is on seasonal produce, mastering the art of simple yet sensational dishes that let each ingredient shine. Think tomahawk 28-day dry-aged organic steak to share, alongside arancini, fresh pasta, pizzas and set menus starting at just £35.

Pasta Remoli: Restaurants In London

These charming eateries are surely some of the top Italian restaurants in London. The stripped-back spaces of Remoli in Ealing and Bromley let you personalise your meal exactly how you want, from the variety of homemade pasta through to the sauces with toppings - which include fresh lobster and the bestselling creamy mushroom. There are also signature ravioli dishes and specials like the Amalfi lemon cheesecake.

Bloomsbury Street Kitchen

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Bloomsbury Street Kitchen isn't your average Italian restaurant, oh no. Fusing together flavours of the Mediterranean and Japan, this swish spot will have you drooling over their signature fresh pastas - from Garganelli all'Amatriciana with crispy pancetta and pecorino to 'nduja fettuccine with lemon crème fraiche. Save room for the torta al cioccolato bianco served alongside activated charcoal sorbet too.

Ember Yard

Located in Soho, Ember Yard serves dishes from Italy, but with a twist; they're tapas-style and offered alongside a range of Spanish fare. The menu includes cacio e pepe tortelloni with shaved black truffle, panna cotta, and buratta topped off by blood orange and pine nuts. The clue is also in the name at this restaurant, with dishes cooked using a charcoal grill and a skilful use of different kinds of wood to create a range of smoky flavours. 

Sotto Cucina & Bar

Get on down to Sotto Cucina & Bar, which champions Sicilian cuisine alongside family-style sharing dishes to promote togetherness at mealtimes - something that's at the heart of Italian cuisine. The Aldgate restaurant inside Hyatt Place London City East hotel whips a range of delicious plates, from pasta and pizza to steak and stuffed squid, across fun and colourful space. As for drinks, check out the European cocktails and wines.

Cafe KOKO

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If you're on the hunt for the finest Italian restaurants London has in store, check out the live music venue Cafe KOKO in Camden. This place is as cool as they come, having been inspired by a new generation of laidback Italian trattoria culture seen in LA and New York, plus playing host to the likes of Stormzy. The menu has been created by Andreas Engberg (formerly of La Petite Maison) to bring you everything from classic pizzas and garlic chicken to charcuterie plates and much more, alongside brunches to boot.

Gotto Trattoria

Gotta Trattoria is a neighbourhood venue in the heart of Hackney Wick, serving up a daily-changing menu of pasta and other dishes that blend British and Italian styles. The alfresco dining area is perfect for the summer months, and their drinks – such as the homemade vermouth and their signature negroni – are ideal accompaniments. This place offers a taste of the Italian Riviera while canalside in London, all from the team behind Soho's Mele e Pere.

Basil & Grape

Head to Croydon and you'll find Basil & Grape boasting authentic Roman pizzas for under £13, delicious sharing boards and a whole host of boozy pours to wash it down with. From sipping on signature or classic cocktails, to glugging the finest Italian wine or enjoying a tasting, you can't go wrong with a trip here. We'd especially recommend the lunchtime deal, which sees you grab a main and glass of house wine for just £16 on weekdays, and two hours of unlimited prosecco for only £25 each when you spend £15 or more on food.

Sartoria

Flaunting pretty interiors and a cracking selection of pizza and pasta plates, it's no wonder why Sartoria is on our list. The only restaurant on Savile Row, it's got a heated terrace, the stylish Libare Bar, cicchetti counter, two private dining rooms and wine cellar, all designed by the acclaimed David d'Almada. Better yet, the menu at this D&D London location has been curated by Francesco Mazzei, spanning burrata with smoked aubergine puree, chicken marsala broth tortellini and veal Milanese.

Bardo St James's

If you're on the hunt for fine dining restaurants whipping up Italian cuisine, look no further than Bardo St James's, which is sitting pretty at One Pall Mall. Furnishings have been sourced from Italy at this elegant restaurant, as have the marble bar tops, for a gorgeous red, gold and dark-toned look. Munch on a seasonal menu created by executive chef Graziano Bonacina including everything from homemade rosemary focaccia to lobster tagliatelle and spaghetti with clams.

Piazza Italiana

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Sicilian chef Remo Mazzucato and his fifty years of experience are the brains behind Piazza Italiana. This beautiful Italian restaurant is housed within the former British Linen Bank, featuring restored, original interiors from 1902 for the ultimate wow-factor. Located in the City of London on Threadneedle Street, it has a extensive wine list with over 40 options, as well as private dining rooms for a more intimate ambiance and everything from creamy black truffle pasta to ox cheek brûlée on the menu.

Dehesa

With an impressive wine list and unique signature cocktails, Dehesa is one to pop on your list. Having opened on Ganton Street in Soho in 2008, this restaurant is a stalwart for providing delicious Mediterranean tapas plates to West End crowds. Head here to sample Italian delights with a sprinkling of Spanish influence thrown in too, such as Puglian burrata topped off by smoked tomato salsa or gnocchi with a toasted walnut and basil pesto. 

Obicà Mozzarella Bar – Canary Wharf

If you're in the mood for genuine Italian flavours, then venture to Obicà Mozzarella Bar in Canary Wharf and Soho or St Paul's. Whether you're in the mood for creamy carbonara or a pizza loaded with mozzarella, tomato and rocket, this restaurant has it all - especially when you consider they have over 10 years of experience in London alongside more than 25 locations in Italy and abroad. In other words, you're in safe hands. Plus, the St Paul's venue is especially gorgeous as the winner of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in 2017.

Italian Tavern & Delicatessen

Vine Bar, an Italian tavern and delicatessen in the heart of St. George Wharf, takes after iconic Italian café culture and the famous Harry's Bar in Venice. While operating as a wine wholesaler, they also offer an authentic restaurant experience founded on the principles of using highest quality produce from English and Italian farmers. Think live music on weekends, the finest wine, and everything from rich tomato meatball gnocchi to whole sea bream on the menu.

Spagnoletti

Spagnoletti is ideal if you're after top Italian restaurants in Central London, as the 'pasta lab' is right opposite King's Cross and St Pancras station, fronting a cool industrial chic look and classic flavours from southern Italy. Nine different pastas are hand-made in the open kitchen space, so you can see your meal being made from scratch - following the guidance of head chef and pasta master Girolamo de Gennaro, and executive chef Manuele Bazzoni. Plus, alongside the freshly made primi options, you can nab everything from tuna steak to stuffed pork belly and tiramisu.

Maremma

The Italian region of Tuscany is not only a great place for wine and rolling hills, it's also a champion of seasonal produce spanning everything from hunted game to Tyrrhenian seafood and quality steak. To get a taste of that without having to leave England, check out Maremma - known for serving up some of the best Italian food in London. Located in the heart of Brixton, the light and airy restaurant showcases stripped-back and seasonal regional specialities, thanks to pasta made fresh and in-house daily alongside meat or fish cooked on the charcoal grill. Plus it's only £25 for three courses on the lunch and early dinner deal. What a bargain.

Tosi Gorgonzola Bar

When it comes to Mayfair's dreamiest spots for Italian food, Tosi Gorgonzola Bar has to be right up there for quality Italian produce paired with fine wine. Think cheese and charcuterie boards accompanying raw dishes like truffle beef, oysters and salmon tartare, alongside plenty of the signature Tosi Gorgonzola DOP for an authentic taste of Italy. Plus, the location here is pretty unique too, as the restaurant sits in a strikingly renovated garage - a unique beginning for a venue that houses this seasoned cheese producer's stunning wine bar.

Alba Trattoria

For some of the tastiest meals around, venture to Alba Trattoria in Wanstead. Not only does this independent restaurant have a mouthwatering menu centred around seasonal Italian food, including 48-hour proved pizzas, lots of creamy burrata and pasta that's hand made every day, but also laid-back vibes and homely feels alongside small batch Italian wine. What's more, you can grab a two-course lunch for £14.50 on weekdays.

Theo Randall at The InterContinental

Celebrated TV chef Theo Randall's eponymous restaurant can be found in Mayfair, making sure you get your fix it Italian fine dining that celebrates both the simplicity and robust flavours of Italian cooking. From fresh burrata topped with red peppers, to slow-cooked veal agnolotti and dessert in the form of an Amalfi lemon tart, this swanky spot is serving up a mouthwatering selection of food. And if you're taking date night up a notch? Don't miss out on the restaurant's regularly held wine dinners that feature curated menus and pairings from top vineyards.

Circolo Popolare

One of the most famous Italian restaurants in London and a renowned spot from Big Mamma group that you've likely seen dotted all over your Instagram feed, Circolo Popolare is known for epic lemon meringue pie slices and burrata like you've never had before. Topping it off? The Sicilian trattoria look brings white walls, row upon row of vintage bottles and pretty foliage dangling from the ceiling - all adding to the vibrancy of your meal.

POLPO Soho

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Expanding from the iconic Soho location to Chelsea as well, Polpo is a Venetian-inspired restaurant centred around cicheti (Venetian snacks) followed by larger dishes like pasta or pizzettes - all of which are shared around the table. Using British and Italian ingredients that change with the seasons, menus here see you tucking into meals like rump steak with green pepper sauce, prawn and fennel crostino, and octopus on a bed of fava bean puree.

Padella Shoreditch

Vowing for the title of best Italian in London, Padella is an affordable Italian joint serving pasta dishes like cacio e pepe and nduja fettucine for under £15 - with a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand to match at their Borough Markets location. You may have to queue at this walk-in only spot, but the virtual queue will let you wander around the area a bit while you wait. Regardless, it'll be worth it when you manage to grab a table and watch the pasta here be hand-rolled.

Lina Stores King's Cross

Just moments away from Coal Drops Yard and Granary Square, you can find Lina Stores in King's Cross's last remaining heritage building. With over 75 years of experience in serving up quality meals, this is an Italian institution as we live and breath, with locations in King's Cross, Clapham and more adding to the original Soho venue over those many years. The relaxed restaurant is decked out in calming blue furnishings alongside a mix of counter and dining room seating, fronting a menu of delicious fresh pasta, aubergine parmigiana and chicken Milanese.

Scarpetta Restaurant Canary Wharf

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Inspired by growing up in Italy, Scarpetta's Patrick and Uberto have created restaurants right here in London that reflect Italian tradition; laid-back cafes and trattorias made for spending time with friends or family, all while sharing homemade food. Their Canada Square location reflects the fresh pasta hype, with ingredients sourced from Italian artisans - think flour from the south, real Parmesan and authentic Calabrian 'nduja. The menu here includes buratta and tuna tartare on tomato-based pasta, truffle arancini and traditional cacio e pepe.

Jacuzzi

Spread across an impressive four floors, Jacuzzi is an Instagram-worthy Italian restaurant located in Kensington - Big Mamma's first venture into West London. The venue is spread across a huge 4,000 square foot space with 170 seats, featuring a trove of Italian treasures like Roman statues and Murano glass chandeliers. Expect a next-level grill section filled with the most succulent steaks, alongside a backbone of Italian produce promising Sicilian gambero rosso, Italian white sturgeon Transmontanus caviar from Veneto, and more. Of course, creamy risotto and signature pasta dishes also feature.

Chucs Mayfair

If you're on the hunt for Italian restaurants, Chucs' original Mayfair site should fit the bill. This Dover Street restaurant has just eight tables for the ultimate intimate feel - making it popular with locals to the neighbourhood. Settle down in their gorgeous space to be surrounded by opulence while you dine, with dishes like arancini, tiramisu and cacio e pepe pasta on the menu.

Sorella

In collaboration with food waste management start-ups and sustainable farming initiatives, Sorella (meaning 'sister') in Clapham aims to produce mouthwatering meals without harming the planet. This restaurant is from the same team as was behind The Dairy and Counter Culture, so expect seasonal ingredients in dishes like truffle arancini or venison pappardelle, as well as a range of homemade liqueurs. Fresh pasta and focaccia are made in-house each day, while the bar focuses on traditional aperitivo with seasonal bellinis and Vault Vermouth negronis on tap.

Fiume

Situated right by Battersea Power Station, D&D London's Fiume is always a winner when it comes to wood-fired pizza and freshly made pasta dishes. This venue sits on the banks of Thames at Circus West Village within Battersea Power Station, offering a gorgeous Italian restaurant as well as a terrace filled with lemon and olive trees. You'll get to try Roman-style pizzas (pinsa), plus pan-fried veal cutlet, sausage and mushroom ragu gnocchi and rich burrata starters.

Legare

Hunting for Italian restaurants near London Bridge? Having received a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand, Legare is a strong choice. The neighbourhood spot on Shad Thames is a contemporary gem - thanks to its fresh, seasonal dishes. Small Italian producers are at the fore of the wine list, while the food menu itself is classically based, reasonably priced and robust with flavour. Head to the cosy restaurant and you'll find a dining room that blends seamlessly with the kitchen, so you can watch all the cooking action while tucking into handmade mushroom and leek ravioli in Madeira sauce, monkfish tail with borlotti beans and a wild garlic dressing, and whole rack of lamb served alongside fondant potatoes.

Norma

Spread across a three-floor townhouse in Fitzrovia, Norma is a stylish Sicilian-inspired restaurant that pays particular attention to the Moorish and North African influences on food from the island. Grand Cafe culture and old-school Italian hospitality is strong here, so you can expect family-sized sharing plates, Sunday lunches and a warm welcome. Dishes span rabbit saddle with king oyster mushroom and prosciutto, skate wing in nduja butter, and aubergine parmigiana.

LARDO

LARDO is a stylish bar and restaurant in Hackney, offering a twist on the classic pizzeria that's made it a local (and London-wide) favourite. The chefs here change the menu with each season, cooking up southern Italian favourites in the summer and Northern delights as it gets colder, alongside classic cocktails and an impressive collection of wine. Their signature carbonara pizza is a must, as is the similarly white based potato, confit garlic and gorgonzola piccante number - although don't miss out on the pappardelle with beef shin ragu either.

Bancone

Bancone is one of the sleekest Italian restaurants in Covent Garden that's all about pasta, pasta and more pasta. Buzzing and informal, yet with a Michelin Bib Gourmand to its name, the venue promises mouthwatering dishes like spicy pork with nduja ragù for £14 and roasted pumpkin ravioli with oyster mushroom and sage brown butter for £16. Although the signature 'silk handkerchiefs' with walnut butter and confit egg yolk are still hailed the best of the lot.

Cecconi's Shoreditch

A stylish Italian eatery in Shoreditch, Cecconi's flaunts traditional trattoria vibes with a contemporary London twist - adding to their original Mayfair restaurant. Think marble-topped tables, tiled floors and warm lighting, ideal for a chilled meal out with friends. Alongside an extensive wine list, their menu is the home of Northern Italian cicchetti, wood-fired pizza and pasta, featuring the likes of beef carpaccio, lobster spaghetti, and a range of tasty brunch dishes as well. 

Margot

Brought to you be chefs Paulo De Tarso and Nicolas Jaouën, Margot is a classy restaurant found in the heart of Covent Garden. They specialise in traditional pasta, salads and cured meat dishes, with highlights including their saffron and roast bone marrow infused risotto or crab meat tagliolini. This is always a bespoke experience too, as they allow you to choose the exact size of each dish that you order.

Canto Corvino

Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner all week long, Canto Corvino is a cool Italian restaurant located in Spitalfields - with low-key vibes just moments from the market. The warehouse-inspired aesthetic pairs perfectly with delicious eats like lobster ravioli, chicken Milanese, and 40 day dry-aged rump steak cooked on a natural lump wood charcoal grill.

Azzurro

A top-notch shout for traditional Italian restaurants in London, check out Azzurro. When the weather warms, sit outside on their quaint alfresco area and nurse Aperol after Aperol while tucking into the finest food from Italy. We recommend trying one of their pizzas or a bowl of pasta, most of which are £16 or less, at this location on the edge of South Bank.

Italian-American Restaurants In London

Fusion fare is taking over the city, and Italian-American has got to be one of the best and most popular right now. Think huge New York or Detroit-style pizzas loaded with cheese and spicy meats, alongside indulgent pasta dishes and chicken parmigiana. We've got names like Alley Cats, Brooklyn Pizza Crew and the Tik Tok-famous Grasso on our list, so wherever you are in London you won't be far from these mouthwatering menus.

Officina 00

To watch great pasta being made right before your eyes? Officina 00 is a Shoreditch venue with a menu inspired by traditional dishes from different regions all across Italy, serving traditional Sorrentino sourdough bread, filled ravioli and wine on tap or by the bottle. This welcoming restaurant has an open kitchen for a laid-back yet bustling feel, plus homemade limoncello inspired by the Amalfi coast.

Murano

After the best Italian restaurant London has to offer? With a Michelin star to its name, Murano is the Mayfair flagship location from Angela Hartnett - one inspired by her mother and grandmother's love of humble cooking. There's a relaxed vibe and a menu that takes inspiration from the Northern regions of Italy across sea trout, rabbit and Morteau sausage risotto, and rose veal, langoustine and white asparagus dishes, all washed down by fine Italian vintages.

Il Pampero

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Il Pampero is a sleek Italian eatery found within The Hari hotel in the Belgravia neighbourhood. Offering a luxurious drinking and dining experience, this place combines traditional flavours and modern cuisine, which is in-keeping with the Italian chic yet vintage look. Think bold Vespa-green, heritage fabrics and soft leather across the space, all creating an ambience to thoroughly enjoy while dining on pan-roasted seabass fillet with courgette cream and clams or pasta in a spicy Calabrian 'nduja ragù. Choose to accompany your meal with something from the extensive negroni menu in the evening or bottomless drinks at brunch.

Pastaio

Few of even the best Italian restaurants in Soho see the queues quite like colourful Pastaio does. With diners waiting around the block, this Carnaby favourite from British chef-restaurateur Stevie Parle is taking affordable pasta next level, all of which is hand made on site and topped off by seasonal ingredients. There's a famous sharing lobster linguine for two and 'rhubarbmisu' for a fresh, fruity take on the classic Italian dessert.

Luca

Searching for the best Michelin star Italian restaurants in London? Found in Farringdon, Luca is a destination that specialises in small plates made from the finest British and Italian ingredients with the premium wine list to match. Seasonal produce here includes everything from Orkney scallops to Cornish turbot and Hebridean lamb, creating a menu that's rife with traditional flavours from Italy while also bending the rules in a contemporary way. As well as the main dining space, there's a stunning terrace and a marble-topped bar for homemade limoncello and vermouth-heavy cocktails.

Carlotta

With interiors as impressive as their dishes, Carlotta is a tasty Marylebone venture from the Big Mamma Group. Their truffle pasta is to-die-for, with other delicious options such as pistachio arancini and beef carpaccio up for grabs too. Pair your meal with fruity, signature cocktails like the lo sgroppino, and don't forget to make a trip to the toilets where you'll find a Virgin Mary underneath red lights and a decadent chandelier.