Not Only Have We Found London's Prettiest Italian Restaurant... We Had The Chance To Visit It

If there’s a way to my heart, it’s definitely through Italian food. So, when the opportunity arose to visit City’s Piazza Italiana, you can understand my excitement. This Threadneedle Street spot promises a gastronomic experience with authentic dishes and an extensive selection of fine wines, and boy, it did not disappoint.

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This restaurant oozes finesse, combining classic architecture with modern design.

As we stepped into the stunning Grade II heritage building, once a British Linen Bank, we were met with a plush dining space, adorned with ornate ceilings, stylish chandeliers, and panelling from former desks. After being swooned by the gorgeous interiors, we settled down at our romantic table for two (even my handbag was placed on a special chair) and were offered glasses of Bisol Crede Valdobbiadene (£8), a light prosecco, the perfect choice for pre-dinner sipping. Along with a complimentary selection of grissini (Italian style breadsticks), warm garlic bread, and a range of tongue tantalising dips.

Overwhelmed with the menu options, we asked our lovely waiter for his recommendations, and he kindly ran us through the top picks for veggies and meat-eaters alike. Based on his advice, I chose the insalata di pomodori e burrata (£16), a soft ball of cheese made from mozzarella and cream, on a bed of juicy oxheart tomatoes, served with a balsamic sauce, that perfectly cut through the gooeyness. My other half opted for the carpaccio di manzo al gorgonzola (£14), an oh-so-tender sliced beef fillet covered with a tangy, yet, balanced cheese sauce, garnished with chives and black pepper.

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Not only were the dishes delicious, but were also beautifully presented.

After we devoured our starters, the waiter swiftly cleared our plates and asked how we liked our wine. We explained that full-bodied and fruity was our bag, and we were brought a bottle of Chianti Classico Riecine (£56). And well, it’s probably one of the best reds I’ve ever had. Although the starters impressed, we had another thing coming as the risotto agli asparagi e gamberi rossi di mazara (£30) arrived, a mouthwatering plate with tender Sicilian king prawns, asparagus and tangy parmesan. Both creamy and earthy, yet with a little bite. Followed by the agnello in crosta alle erbe (£26), a succulent lamb rump steak with a herb crust, red wine sauce, complemented by a side of triple cooked chips with parmesan and truffle oil (£8).

Feeling as if we had engorged, and couldn’t eat anymore… we were offered the dessert menu, and well, it didn’t take much to convince us. After something light and refreshing, the torta al limone di Amalfi (£8), was a firm choice, this tart had a punchy lemon flavour, with a melt-in-the-mouth meringue top. As for me? I was drawn to panna cotta alla vaniglia con granita di mela verde (£8), a vanilla masterpiece, with a flawless wobble, garnished with sharp slices of apple, which really hit the spot.  

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Stuff of dreams.

It wouldn't be a traditional Italian meal without a digestif (to, of course, aid digestion). So we both quaffed down their Amaro Nonino (£7), a bittersweet liqueur with notes of citrus and caramel, a pleasant way to finish off our evening.

The DesignMyNight Digest 

Although Piazza Italiana's food costs a pretty penne, it's totally worth it. Fronting stylish interiors, impeccable service and elevated Italian food, you really can't fault it. Not only was the food here first-class (it has definitely set the bar high) but you can also tell that the staff here care about you, and to me, that's what fine dining is all about. 

  💰 The damage: £220.50 for two, including service charge.

  📍  The location: 38 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8AY.

  👌 Perfect for: Special occasions and date night.

 ⭐ Need to know: If you can't decide what to order, be sure to ask, the staff are so helpful.