Romantic Italian Restaurants in London

If food be the language of love, then there's one nation that speaks it more fluently than the rest. Italy is a country of homely cooking, excellent wines and sweep-you-off-your-feet romance, and while we can't bring you the azure blue seas or stunning backdrop of the Colosseum, London's Italian restaurants are a charming bunch. From candlelit tables to cosy little corners, we've rounded up the best Italian eateries in the city come date night - because that's amore.

Last updated on 5th March 2020




With three restaurants across London, Radio Alice is making date night all the more delicious with their unique pizzas. Their ethos to the classic is simple: sour dough bases, only topped with extras once it's cooled, allowing you to fully appreciate the flavour.

Locale Fulham

3 user reviews 3

Make your date night count with a romantic stop at the chilled our Locale in Fulham. Not only will you find drinks like bellinis, prosecco and elderflower collins', but also seasonal soups, crispy calamari, layered pasta and plenty more.

Gotto Trattoria

0 user reviews 5

Mashing cool murals with Mediterranean tiles, Gotto Trattoria is a neighbourhood gem in the heart of Hackney. And it's not just the interiors, the space is fronted by the River Lea and come sunny days has al fresco seating; with handmade pasta this good, you could almost be in Italy.

Maremma

366 user reviews 5

Named after the Tuscan region, Maremma brings some of that Italian spirit to Brixton in the form of freshly made pasta and stripped back interiors. The romantic spot isn't just easy on the eyes, the wine list features bottles not seen from the UK before, along with olive oil and meats sourced directly from Tuscany.

Apulia

14 user reviews 5

Farringdon restaurant Apulia is one romantic East London eatery. Serving home-cooked Italian dishes with seasonal ingredients, against a backdrop of rustic interiors and cosy nooks to hide away in, it's a charming date night destination. 

GOAT

835 user reviews 5

This Chelsea stalwart combines a modern Italian menu with goat decor. While that may sound a little strange, it works. Along with animal statues, there's rickety wooden tables, plenty of candlelight and a sophisticated crowd on weekdays. When you're done munching on pizza, check out the secret cocktail bar upstairs.

Bottles

74 user reviews 4

Set in Spitalfields, Bottles is an intimate wine bar with a big wooden counter top, perfect for that Italian sense of community. Sood are in the downstairs kitchen and cook classic and homely plates, including the likes of spaghetti all'amatriciana and pecorino rice balls.