We love Italian food. Simple and full of flavour Italian food really lets natural ingredients sing. Gone are the days of the dodgy tratorria with generic pizza and pasta dishes, London has got a stellar line up of modern Italian restaurants. Check out our guide to the best Italian restaurants in London.
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Tucked just to one side of Highbury corner, Trull has all the makings of a cosy and intimate neighbourhood restaurant, low-lighting, buzz, small tables nestled close together and a menu that cuts it with the best of them. The menu includes antipasti of kohl rabi, blood orange and pomegranate and primi plates including beef shin ragu and papperdelle.
Bocca di Lupo
A smart Italian in Soho, Bocca Di Lupo has been serving up killer Italian dishes in small plates or larger main sizes since 2008. The menu includes the likes of smoked swordfish with fennel and orange zest or burrata with marinated grilled aubergines and tomato, chilli and mint.
Small plates rule at the original site of this small chain of Venetian-style bacaros on Soho’s Beak Street. The interior is all battered exposed brick and reclaimed furniture dripping in cool. The plates are delightful taleggio and kale crostini or braised octopus, Treviso and borlotti sit among other treasures.
A fine-dining Italian restaurant, Locanda Locatelli elevates the basics of Italian cuisine to delicious heights. The room has the look of West London, it is elegant and expensive with a hint of its laid-back Italian roots. The menu offers dishes of homemade spaghetti with hare ragu and cocoa or ox tongue with salsa verde.
A stalwart of the London dining scene the River Café has led the way for modern Italian dining in this city for decades. The beautiful dining room and outdoor terrace sit alongside the Thames near Hammersmith, the stunning location is one of the best in town. The menu isn’t for the light of pocket, but dishes of wild sea bass with roasted clams and panzotti stuffed with pumpkin, ricotta, marjoram and chilli are well worth it.