Italian Restaurants in London
1. Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina Italian restaurant in City Unit 4 5 - 7 Limeburners Lane, - EC4M
2018 Review: This Rome-based chain is inspired by Japanese sushi-bars and serves “tasty small plates of Italian food”. The five “efficiently run” London branches, from South Ken to Canary Wharf, provide a “surprisingly good experience… so long as you like mozzarella or burrata”.
2. Bolton’s Italian restaurant in 13 Cullum St - EC3
At Bolton's restaurant our philosophy is simple, we are inspired by the finest, freshest ingredients and the most authentic vibrant flavours. In Italian our culinary style is called alla Casalinga which means home-style cookery or as we like to say, "like mamma used to make."
3. Piazza Italiana Italian restaurant in City of London 38 Threadneedle Street - EC2R
This traditional Italian newcomer (with a sibling in Riga) opened briefly in late 2020 with a second debut in May 2021. It occupies an impressive Edwardian (1902) banking hall in the heart of the Square Mile – the former telling room of the British Linen Bank (later Bank of Scotland). The dramatic columns and ceiling of the space remain and chef Aleksandr Sarujev is at the stoves. Early reports are very enthusiastic (but too limited in number for a rating).
4. Taberna Etrusca Italian restaurant in City 9 -11 Bow Churchyard - EC4
This 55-year-old City trattoria is a popular, lunchtime rendezvous spot on account of its “huge” helpings of classic dishes; its terrace by Bow churchyard for al fresco eating; and its good regional list of Italian wines.
5. Manicomio City Italian restaurant in City 6 Gutter Lane - EC2
The Chelsea branch of this modern Italian duo (the other is in The City) “was a real godsend during the Covid restrictions” for its “special terrace” – “one of the best in London” – “well away from the King’s Road traffic” and with “lots of flowers and heaters when needed”. “The food is very good but rather pricey” – perhaps as expected at these locations.
6. Rucoletta Italian restaurant in St Paul's 6 Foster Lane - EC2
A “family-run trattoria” three minutes’ walk from St Paul’s that rates highly for its “varied Italian menu” – and it’s notably well priced for the City, too.
7. Osteria, Barbican Centre Italian restaurant in Barbican Level 2 Silk Street - EC2
2021 Review: “I am truly surprised at the low ratings this has received in Harden’s!” – Searcy’s seem to have pulled their socks up at their Italian brasserie and cocktail bar, which sits in the beating heart of the Barbican arts centre (making it a natural pre-theatre option), and which by day enjoys “excellent views” over the centre’s lake and St Giles Cripplegate church. Some diners do still say its overall performance is “no better than adequate”, but more fans this year lauded its “excellent food from a regularly changing menu”.
8. Apulia Italian restaurant in Barbican 50 Long Lane - EC1
“Satisfying home-style southern Italian cooking, including a good-value daily fixed-price menu”, is the draw at this “bright and friendly little restaurant opposite Smithfield market” – “conveniently close to the Barbican” – which offers “decent value for the area”.
9. Lina Stores Italian restaurant in 19 Bloomberg Arcade - EC4N
“Small plates but big flavours” from “a lovely short menu of top-quality antipasti and pasta dishes” win numerous “cheap ’n’ cheerful” nominations for this small chain, which consists of the “busy, lovely but very crammed” Soho original (for 75 years a deli, but since 2018 and its relaunch by Private Equity firm White Rabbit, in this new guise) and a newer, bigger but less commented-on King’s Cross spin-off. “We need more branches of this great restaurant” plead fans… whose prayers are soon to be answered with a 90-seater outlet in Marylebone (in Wigmore Street, on the former Sourced Market site) plus in Bloomberg Arcade and Clapham, as well as one in Tokyo!
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