Italian Restaurants in London
1. Piazza Italiana Italian restaurant in 38 Threadneedle Street - EC2R
Occupying an impressive Edwardian banking hall in the heart of the City, this high-ceilinged space provides a large, classic Italian menu and – if you still have space – makes a feature of a sizeable cheeseboard, showcasing Italian cheeses. Reports are uniformly upbeat, including as a business choice (and, if Accounts are on your case, there’s a good-value lunchtime set menu).
2. Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina Italian restaurant in City Unit 4 5 - 7 Limeburners Lane, - EC4M
This international chain has three London representatives – in Soho, the City and Canary Wharf – and focuses on light Italian dishes (pizza, pasta and salads) showcasing the eponymous cheese from Campania alongside other Italian produce; plus a range of cocktails and wines. A good spot “for post-work drinks and nibbles”.
3. 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."
4. Manicomio City Italian restaurant in City 6 Gutter Lane - EC2
This modern Italian “favourite” makes good use of its large and attractive terrace in Chelsea’s peaceful Duke of York’s Square, and has a big and loyal following as a result. Fans say the food is “interesting” too, but more sceptical diners feel that’s debatable. It also has a twin in the City, which attracts much less comment.
5. Barbican Brasserie, Barbican Centre (fka Osteria) Italian restaurant in Barbican Level 2 Silk Street - EC2
It’s pleasing that this monolithic arts centre boasts a respectable restaurant, in the form of this Searcy’s-run operation, which is ideally situated for a meal around a performance, and uniformly well-rated. There are niggles though – even those who applaud “very decent Italian cuisine” can note “the odd lapse” in execution, or say the overall meal “lacked finesse”.
6. Apulia Italian restaurant in Barbican 50 Long Lane - EC1
“Ideal if you’re visiting the Barbican” – this “reliable, genuine, family-run Italian” opposite Smithfield market is a “very friendly little place”. The “great pizza and pasta” and “very good Italian wine list” are “fairly priced” and represent “good VFM”, especially for the area.
7. Lina Stores Italian restaurant in 19 Bloomberg Arcade - EC4N
“Beautiful fresh pasta, served from the heart by knowledgeable Italians” is the attractive offer at this small group, spun out of a famous veteran Soho deli (est. 1944) in the past five years under private equity outfit White Rabbit. The “food is good and good value, though limited and very focused on the pasta”. There are now branches in King’s Cross, the City’s Bloomberg Arcade and most recently Marylebone; the farthest-flung is in Tokyo, while Clapham Old Town has been long promised.
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