RestaurantsLondonWappingE1W

survey result

Summary

£61
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This neighbourhood Italian of almost 30 years’ standing in a Wapping warehouse conversion “never disappoints” with its food and service, but “it’s the lively atmosphere that really sells it”, drawing a “great mix of local families and couples just getting together”.

Summary

£57
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“If you want a family Italian restaurant look no further”, say fans of this trattoria and pizza favourite of two decades standing at the foot of a Wapping warehouse conversion: “supported by locals and always busy”.

Summary

£52
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Huge portions and great Italian family vibes” have ensured this Wapping trattoria has remained a “real neighbourhood favourite” for more than 20 years. The “very large portion sizes” mentioned by almost every reporter mean only one thing: bring your hungriest, greediest teenagers along.

Summary

£52
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Wapping’s favourite” for more than 20 years – this “classic local Italian trat” scores well for its “friendly service”, “and the food remains terrific”. There’s a recurrent complaint – rare elsewhere – that “portions are too large”, but to both management and happy regulars this is without doubt a badge of honour.

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Owner's description

Often packed & buzzing, this modest Wapping restaurant attracts a loyal following, with queues at the door & much fuss & warmth attending the arrival of regulars, for whom this is ‘the quintessential local Italian restaurant’. The reasons for its success are not hard to divine: ‘decent portions’ of ‘great food’ served with efficiency & the occasional dash of charm by waistcoat-wearing Italian waiters. Starters are of near-main course proportions & include perfect garlic mushrooms with highly moppable oil & a commendably generous octopus salad; the pizza & pasta choice is bewildering, from a mammoth calzone to the il Bordello with artichokes, & there are meat & fish mains including a few more ambitious dishes among the chalked-up daily specials. The wine list provides plenty of sub-£20 choice to ensure it’s all washed down with suitably Italian gusto.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£12.40 £22.00 £7.95
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.50
Filter Coffee £2.95
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
No dress code
96
Metropolitan Wharf, 70 Wapping Wall, London, E1W 3SS
Opening hours
Monday6 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Saturday1 pm‑11 pm
Sunday1 pm‑10:30 pm

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