Best Italian Restaurants In London
Rustic and local? A buzzing atmosphere with pizza slices on the side? Proud of their plates? These London Italian restaurants have all bases covered. From notorious pasta churning out the best in cacio e pepe, to high-end dining spots with authentic flavours, we've put together a list of some of our favourites.
Head to Streatham spot SW16 Bar & Kitchen and they'll sort you out from brekkie through to dinner. The likes of blood orange and fennel dressed seabass carpaccio or fresh pasta are paired with a gorgeous wine list, which includes bottles from England and Australia, alongside so many places in between.
Coupling stunning pizzas with foosball and vintage games, Pizza Pilgrims are some of our favourite affordable Italian restaurants in London - and this location is one of their best. Perfect for a big kids day out, they deal only in huge sauce-stained smiles here.
Looking for an Italian restaurant in Soho London? Ember Yard 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.
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 bottle of negroni – are ideal compliments.
Making our list of top Italian restaurants in London is Cattivo, which serves up bottomless brunches and dinners alongside a main menu of modern twists on classics. Think rigatoni topped with slow-cooked beer ragu, beetroot gnocchi and truffle tagliatelle.
Open from breakfast until dinner, this stylish Italian eatery in Hackney serves up an eclectic range of dishes. From stonebaked pizzas and sharing boards to torta fritta, it's a real comfort food spot with plenty of great cocktails to enjoy along the way.
Piazza Italiana whips up all the Italian dishes you're after, whether it's a traditional carbonara or a four cheese pizza. Located in the City of London, it has a extensive wine list with over 40 options, as well as private dining rooms for a more intimate ambiance.
Fronting laid-back interiors and a crackin' selection of pasta, Bellefields is a solid choice for Italian restaurants in Brixton. Make your way inside, where you'll be able to dine on wicker chairs alongside sinking your teeth into tasty gnocchi or creamy cacio e pepe. Yum.
If quirky Italian food in North London is your game, none come close to vampire-themed Lost Boys Pizza. A must-visit for fans of 80's nostalgia, toppings here come in the form of 'fangs for the memories' (chorizo and chilli) or the 'Frog Brothers special' of apple-smoked ham, artichokes and pickled mushrooms.
For Italian restaurants in Mayfair, look no further than Theo Randall. 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.
Boasting authentic plates that are suitable for halal diners, La Fenice is up on our list for Italian grub in the city. Step inside the gorgeous space, where you'll be met with plush seating, stunning artwork and a crackin' menu. Think slow-cooked beef carbonara or truffle and burrata tortellini.
Head to Croydon and you'll find Basil & Grape boasting authentic Roman pizzas, 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, you can't go wrong with a trip here.
Serving a mouthwatering menu made up of creamy pasta dishes, delish pizzas and tasty vegan plates, Allora Hall is one of our top picks for pretty Italian restaurants in London. The quaint eatery is decked out with leafy plants, shabby chic furniture, painted brick walls and huge windows.
It may be a watering hole by name, but The Chapel Bar is also fronting a delightful kitchen residency from Arenella, who specialise in cuisine from Southern Italy. Their weekend bottomless lunch menu features nduja tortelloni with red pesto and steak tagliata, to name just a few.
For traditional Neapolitan-style slices, look no further than Well Street Pizza in Hackney. These scrumptious offerings are wood-fired in their custom ovens, with plenty of opportunity to customise with your choice of toppings. Better yet, there's wine, craft beer and cocktails to accompany.
Bloomsbury Street Kitchen isn't your average Italian restaurant, oh no. Fusing together flavours of the Mediterranean and South East Asia, this swish spot will have you drooling over Chilean sea bass, herb-covered lamb cutlets and halloumi gyozas.
Whipping up sourdough pizzas right in front of your eyes is The Hawk's Nest, a restaurant and bar tucked away in Shepherd's Bush Market. This beautiful outdoor venue is covered and heated in winter, while gloriously sunny in summer, with cocktails and comforting grub available whatever the weather.
One of the best out of the Italian restaurants in West London, Teatro Hall is home to a contemporary space and a mouthwatering menu. Housed in the iconic 1930s Forum Cinema, this place is also one for gin lovers, as there's a distillery fronting cocktail classes, tastings and more here too.
These charming eateries are bringing a delicious taste of Italy to our city. The stripped-back spaces in West and North London let you personalise your food exactly how you want, from the variety of homemade pasta through to the toppings.
Found near Old Street, Serata Hall is the all-day and late-night venue for all your drinking or dining needs. Combining coal-fired pizza and homemade pasta with a cocktail bar, distillery, bakery, hot-desking and event space, this beautiful place ticks all the boxes.
If you're on the hunt for fine dining restaurants whipping up Italian cuisine, look no further than Bardo St James's. Munch on everything from homemade rosemary focaccia to lobster tagliatelle and spaghetti with clams. Pair your meals with a touch of vino.
Vine Bar, an Italian tavern and delicatessen in the heart of St. George Wharf, is inspired by the iconic Italian café culture and the famous Harry's Bar in Venice. If you want an authentic dining experience, washed down with plenty of vino, this is the place to find it.
With an impressive wine list and unique signature cocktails, Dehesa is one to pop on your list. It also fronts some stunning eats, from charcuterie and cheese to Mediterranean tapas plates. Head here to sample the delights of one of the top Italian restaurants in Central London, with a sprinkling of Spanish influence thrown in too.
Il Pampero is a sleek Italian eatery in the Belgravia neighbourhood. Offering a luxurious drinking and dining experience, this place cooks exceptional, authentic bites with a modern twist from its swish home at the Hari Hotel.
A renowned restaurant spot from the Big Mamma group that you've likely seen dotted all over your Instagram feed, Circolo Popolare is famous for *that* epic lemon meringue pie and burrata like you've never had before. Our thoughts? You can catch them in our review.
If you're on the hunt for Italian restaurants in North London, Chucs St John's Wood has you covered. 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.
A contemporary bistro found in Chiswick, Boca London is a relaxing, fun place to chow down on tasty Italian eats, such as white truffle risotto and tiramisu. The place itself? It's gorgeous; decked out with warm orange and red tones, ambient lighting and tropical plants.
Our favourite pick of Italian restaurants in Covent Garden, Miscusi boasts the freshest pasta and classic dishes for your eating pleasure. Topping it off? Each plate has been created with the help of expert nutritionists, so you can be sure every bite is as healthy as it is tasty.
Searching for an Italian restaurant in East London? Scarpetta on Canada Square is whipping up authentic tasty treats and fresh pasta for you to enjoy. Topping it off are their classic cocktails and aperitivo, the perfect accompaniment to your date night or gathering with friends.
With stunning views and boho chic decor, it's unsurprising that Garden Rooftop made it onto our list of the best Italian restaurants in London. Aside from providing plenty of eye candy, there's bottomless brunch, Italian-inspired tapas and plenty of vegan options to wolf down.
From their gorgeous outdoor dining booths to their 'hot don' pizza, which is topped with nduja, finocchiona, pickled chillies, hot red pesto and oregano, Canova Hall is one dreamy destination for Italian food. Hit up the Brixton venue to also enjoy their love of all things gin.