Harden's survey result
This “proper, family-run Italian trattoria” in Kensington pre-dates the new Design Museum on the other side of the road by decades, and exudes “cosy”, “olde world charm”. That it’s “family-owned and family-friendly” is key to its longevity, and has made it a “go-to restaurant” for its many long-term regulars. But “after decades, the business has passed down a generation, and young and old alike agree it’s brought an improvement, with an approach that’s more energetic”. Its strengths are “a charming atmosphere”, “authentic Emilia-Romana cuisine, instead of the usual floods of red sauce” and the “unfailing and unflappable care of owner James Chiavarini and his well-trained staff”.
“One of the last, good, old-fashioned Italians, churning out those dishes we love” – this “always reliable, family run Italian” has “a formula that’s worked for decades, so why change?”. There’s a “wonderful manager, James” (the original owner’s son), and “you’re always welcomed like a long-lost friend”. But “it’s not an institution living on past glories”: “the food is without pretence” but “with some newer dishes to maintain interest”.
“Very few restaurants can claim the staying power” of this “busy and noisy” family-run trattoria in Kensington. Its “honest”, “traditional” Italian dishes come in “huge portions”, “but it’s the wonderful and caring service that is really outstanding”.
“Don’t be put off by the bland exterior in an unremarkable parade of shops”, say fans of this “family-owned stalwart in Kensington”, which has been operated by the same family for 50 years. The dated ambience is “very warm” and they serve “wonderful northern Italian (Emilia-Romagna) cuisine, lovingly prepared”.
Il Portico Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Does it get any better ? After all these years. A real , family run Italian with knowledgeable waiters , " feel good" atmosphere and wonderful food to go with the charm . From al dente pasta to fresh and perfectly cooked dover sole, don't miss Il Portico."
|Wine per bottle||£19.50|
277 Kensington High St, London, W8 6NA
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|