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.
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.
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 alfresco seating; with handmade pasta this good, you could almost be in Italy.
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.
If you're after a romantic Italian restaurant in Covent Garden then you've come to the right place. Ideally located near West End theatreland and the iconic market, Opera Tavern welcomes you with tapas-style small plates for veggie and meat-eaters alike.
Looking for a romantic Italian restaurant in Central London? This cool and casual eatery just a stone's throw from Trafalgar Square offers a fun and budget-friendly spot for a date night. Tuck into fresh pasta, handmade pizzas and classic dishes at this St Martin's Lane dining destination.
A charming spot for a romantic meal in London, this gorgeous Italian restaurant in The City offers a wealth of authentic plates for you and the other half to enjoy. On top of tasty food, you'll find an excellent wine selection and stunningly fresh pasta.
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.
One of the most beautiful Italian restaurants near Old Street, Serata Hall offers a uniquely romantic experience for couples in London. Head over for the chance to tuck into homemade pizzas and pasta plates, washed down with fine wines and delicious gin cocktails.
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.
Thought Circolo Popolare was just one for raucous group meals and brunch parties with friends? Think again. This lively Capri-inspired space makes for one slick date night, with gawp-worthy interiors, OTT dishes and cocktails made for sharing.