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Summary

£74
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Such traditional, family-run restaurants are quite a rarity in London these days”; and the Chiavarinis have maintained this “quintessential”, “old-fashioned” trattoria, opposite the Design Museum, for over 50 years. Fans say the food is “terrific, albeit a bit pricey probably because of its posh postcode”. But there is a less charitable school of thought, which says results are “uninspired, but it’s always busy, possibly because the locals don’t know how to cook…”

Summary

£73
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3
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3
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Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “old favourite” opposite the Design Museum, now in its sixth decade, is “always buzzing, with great Italian food and a sense that every patron is ‘family’”. It’s family-run, too, with James Chiavarini having taken over from his father, Pino. “James has introduced some modernising touches but I love the feeling that you’re in Italy when you walk in the door – there’s nothing minimal or characterless about it”.

Summary

£73
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3
Good
4
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Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “lovely neighbourhood restaurant” opposite the Design Museum on Kensington High Street has welcomed customers with “delicious family cooking” from Emilia-Romagna for 55 years. Current owner James Chiavarini has driven its modernisation since the retirement of his father, Pino, who now runs the family farm in Kent. “It’s not cheap”, but “there’s a reason it’s packed every day without having done a marketing drive”.

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£62
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

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277 Kensington High St, London, W8 6NA

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Il Portico Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Il Portico Restaurant in W8, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Il Portico restaurant.
Michael B
What a wonderful meal. Great service , exce...
Reviewed 1 months, 9 days ago

"What a wonderful meal. Great service , excellent charcuterie as starters to share. Vingole to die , delicious Dover Sole off the bone. The other pasta dishes were wolfed down by the young ! Great evening "

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Grace I
Heavenly pasta - makes home cooked seem ped...
Reviewed 6 months, 14 days ago

"Heavenly pasta - makes home cooked seem pedestrian. Friendly, unobtrusive & efficient service. We'll definitely be back. (Thanks JK Rowling for the recommendation.) "

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Grace I
Dealt with our delayed arrival I a friendly...
Reviewed 6 months, 14 days ago

"Dealt with our delayed arrival I a friendly manner. Charming service. All the food was fabulous - the veal shank pasta parcels were the outstanding - silky pasta & a deeply umami filling. Will definitely be back. (Thanks JKR for the recommendation.) "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£14.30 £25.00 £8.00 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
277 Kensington High St, London, W8 6NA
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 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
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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