Italian Restaurants in Notting Hill
1. Chucs Westbourne Grove Italian restaurant in Notting Hill 226 Westbourne Grove - W11
These retro-glam cafés are mostly located in-store, but the portfolio now also boasts the “beautiful building by the Serpentine Sackler Gallery” designed by Zaha Hadid. Perhaps because their price-tag is not exactly ‘bargain basement’, feedback is somewhat limited, but there’s a fairly clear picture of chic Italian dishes that, while “good and tasty”, can seem “nothing special” given the Monte Carlo-esque bill. Any such caveats do not seem to be getting in the way of the chain’s ongoing expansion however, most recently into Kensington.
2. Osteria Basilico Italian restaurant in Notting Hill 29 Kensington Park Rd - W11
“Simple, honest Italian fare done well” – with “fresh ingredients and great service” – is a combination that has served Notting HIll well for almost 30 years at this local trattoria: the senior in a group of three siblings in the same street (see also Mediterraneo and Essenza).
3. Portobello Ristorante Pizzeria Italian restaurant in Notting Hill 7 Ladbroke Road - W11
Just off Notting Hill Gate, this “splendid staple” wins solid marks for “great pizza, pasta and more” – including a decent array of fish showcased in a chiller-cabinet. “Authentically Italian in its chaos and delicious food”, it’s also “fun and child-friendly”. The best seats are outside on the glorious terrace in summer (which is also very effectively covered in winter and bad weather).
4. Mediterraneo Italian restaurant in Notting Hill 37 Kensington Park Rd - W11
“Always enjoyable” local Italian that’s provided consistently well rated meals in Notting Hill for 21 years. Its two siblings, Osteria Basilico and Essenza, are near-neighbours on the same street.
5. Polpo Italian restaurant in Notting Hill 126-128 Notting Hill Gate - W11
Now ten years old, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty’s Venetian/Mediterranean chain faces the well-publicised challenge of a March CVA (Company Voluntary Agreement), amidst a drip-feed of branch closures. Fans do still applaud its “very convivial and fun” formula, but even they often feel it’s “somewhat lost its way”, with staff who can seem “overwhelmed” and serving Venetian small plates that are often “no better than fine”, and at worst “uncared for” or “very mediocre”.
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