Drawing form the culinary heritage of Rome, Palatino is a smart Clerkenwell restaurant. Dine in the traditional Italian style with the menu divided into primi, secondi and dolci, which includes mouth-watering dishes such as mozzarella with white peach and basil.
Best Italian Restaurants in London
Rustic and local? A buzzing atmosphere with pizza slices on the side? Proud of their cicchetti? However you like your Italian restaurant, London's full of options. From notorious pasta restaurants with bottomless brunches to high-end dining spots with authentic flavours, we've put together some of our favourites in the city. Check out our recommendations below.
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The newest of London's Italian cuisine fineries, Diciannove is a place that will please even the pickiest of palates. With a large variety of fritti dishes and sharing platters expertly prepared by executive chef, Allesandro Bay, diners are invited to sink into the plush leather seats of the sleek restaurant and cocktail bar for a night of taste bud bliss.
Shining a light on authentic Tuscan cooking, Maremma is a top choice for Italian food in London. Located in the heart of Brixton, the light and airy restaurant showcases house-made pasta, perfectly cooked seafood and communal seating.
Mayfair Pizza Co. is an elegant restaurant in Mayfair that's decorated with an impressive wine display and beautiful furnishings; yet still, this is one of London's most affordable Italian restaurants - offering full-flavoured dishes at pocket-friendly prices. The talented team of chefs here have worked tirelessly to produce an economical menu full of crispy-thin pizzas topped with mouth-watering ingredients.
Pasta-lovers listen up this charming spot is bringing a delicious taste of Italy to London with a game-changing restaurant. 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.
Simply put, Goat DINE is one of our favourite places to enjoy an Italian meal in London. Head down to this relaxed New York/Italian diner in Fulham Road for a chilled out meal with friends that's sure to impress. The menu here will see you getting your chops around the likes of wood-fired pizzas and char-grilled T-bone steaks. Whatever you opt for, make sure you wash it all down with a glass of fine Italian vino.
From Chelsea to Covent Garden, Ritorno is setting the bar when it comes to Italian food. Whether you're in the mood for fresh pasta, mouthwatering pizza or a thirst-quenching aperitif, you'll find it all here, alongside slinky interiors and attentive service.
Girasole Taste of Italy is housed on Seven Sisters Road, offering a menu of fresh, seasonal and homemade Italian dishes. Every Thursday, the restaurant opens its doors for guests to explore the menu of pasta, steak and charcuterie, with plenty of goodies on offer.
This gorgeous eatery in Mayfair not only has a classic Italian charm to it, but the food is just as lovely as the atmosphere. Serving up fresh pizza, seasonal pasta, mouthwatering antipasti and more, head over to try some seriously soulful authentic dining.
From mouthwatering Tuscan sausage to oozy goats cheese and fresh veggies, Firebrand has nailed the pizza game. You'll even find a tasty selection of salads, pasta and authentic dishes, as well as, cocktails the likes of Aperol Spritzes and Bellinis.
Head to sky-high Capeesh for delicious Italian cuisine and amazing London views. The restaurant is located in Canary Wharf and serves pizzas, meat and fish along with having an excellent selection of wine.
This family-run restaurant is bringing a taste of the Amalfi coast to Chelsea. Serving up pizza, pasta and handmade cheeses, you'll be transported to southern Italy... with a combination of attentive service, sublime dishes and aperitivo-style cocktails on offer.
Gotta Trattoria is an Italian restaurant in the heart of Hackney Wick, offering 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 home-made vermouth and their signature bottle of negroni – are ideal compliments.
Coupling stunning pizzas with foosball and vintage games, Pizza Pilgrims are pulling out all the stops with their latest East London venture. Perfect for all the big kids out there, this fun restaurant in London deals only in huge sauce-stained smiles. Expect to find a laid back atmosphere and all the same Neapolitan recipes that the venue group is famous for.
Not only looking for an Italian restaurant, but a top notch Italian brunch in London? Who isn't. Enoteco Rosso could be the place to head as they churn out top plates the likes of carbonara and arrabbiata chitarra spaghetti alongside bottomless bubbles.
Gatti's is an Italian restaurant in London that cares about two things: delicious food and quality cuisine. Split across two floors, either indulge in some wonderful wine in their wine bar upstairs or head downstairs, where you'll be treated to a menu packed with high-end Italian treats.
Open from breakfast until dinner, this stylish Hackney restaurant serves up an eclectic range of Italian dishes. From pizzas and sharing boards to torta fritta, it's a real comfort food spot.
Barsmith is one of the best places for an Italian meal in London. And the funny thing is, it's not even as though there are any fancy or avant-garde features that make this place really standout; they simply nail all of the essentials - a menu brimming with incredibly tasty pasta, pizza and meatball dishes; expertly-mixed punchy tipples; and a genuinely charming ambience that welcomes all.
We're not sure what kind of magic the fine folk at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes are using in their stone bake ovens, but this quaint bar is easily one of the best places to get a pizza in London. Tuck into your first slice and it'll be sure to leave you speechless. Best off all, if you head down before 5pm during the week, you can grab yourself a pizza and a bev for under a tenner. Si per favore!
Italian dining with a bistro edge has a champion in the name of Osteria. Brought to the City by the Searcys collective, Osteria is not only a sophisticated place to wine and dine, they're fronting some of the best Italian food and plates in the city.
Burrata, beef shin and veggie small plates rule the menu at Italian haunt The Megaro Eatery. Perfectly placed in the heart of Kings Cross, the restaurant uses seasonal ingredients and fresh British produce perfectly paired with Dolce Vita-inspired cocktails.
There are pizza restaurants in London, then there's Radio Alice. Not only noted for their fluffy dough and open kitchen (watch the pizza slingers at work), this welcoming and humble spot is the perfect place to wile away the afternoon with wine and slices.