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.
From the hand-painted floors to the wrought iron staircase (Romeo and Juliet vibes, no?), Bocconcino has got 'special occasion' written all over it. The Mayfair restaurant is a fancy affair, and along with boasting an olive tree at its centre, has a menu of classics; expect risotto, pizzas and insalate.
Head over to Union Street where this gorgeous restaurant offers the ultimate date night spot. With sleek and sexy interiors, delicious seasonal dishes and sumptuous cocktails to choose from, it'll certainly get sparks flying between you and the other half.
Set on the second floor of The Barbican Centre, Osteria is a smart Italian restaurant. Nab a window seat for some killer views of St Giles Cripplegate church or if you're not feeling too hungry, the bar is marked by a neon 'Amore Bibo' sign, and is great for a negroni.
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.
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.
A complete dream of a restaurant, Martello Hall channels an abandoned, New Orleans mansion via faded turquoise interiors and velvet furnishings. It's only a short stroll from London Fields and has plenty of pizza, perfect for refuelling after scouring the area's plant shops.