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 11th October 2019




Set in Marylebone, Caffè Cinquanta is full of kitsch and cute details, with old movie posters, huge trees, and daily specials written up on a chalkboard. Pasta is made fresh every day - just like nonna's - and there's an affordable Italian wine list to wash it all down with.

Maremma

308 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.

Palatino

7 user reviews 4

Ready to be swept of your feet? If your date isn't doing it, you can rest assured that Palatino will with plates that will have you whispering sweet nothings. Snuggle into one of the yellow booths in the warehouse-style building and tuck into dishes such as fried sage with courgette and honey vinegar, or spaghetti with clams.

Made In Italy King's Road

83 user reviews 5

Having been in the business for 25 years, Made In Italy has seen more than a few love struck couples through its doors. Exposed brick walls, candle light and charming service are to thank for the romantic vibes - and plates such as aubergine parmigiana had us head over heels.

GOAT

798 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.

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.

Bottles

70 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.