Italian Restaurants in South Kensington
1. Chucs Italian restaurant in South Kensington 97 Old Brompton Road - SW7
2021 Review: 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. Riccardo’s Italian restaurant in Chelsea 126 Fulham Rd - SW3
2021 Review: This “great neighbourhood favourite” on a Chelsea corner wins solid marks for its “genuine Italian food”, “with Riccardo himself ensuring you’re well looked after”. It’s “cheap ’n’ cheerful” with a “lovely informal environment” – “perfect for family Sunday lunch with dog under the table and children throwing pasta over each other”.
3. Lucio Italian restaurant in Chelsea 257 Fulham Rd - SW3
2021 Review: “It’s easy to go too often” to this “friendly” Fulham Road Italian, that has built a strong local following over 15 years. “The menu changes regularly with the seasons” and “portions are generous”, but what is “spectacular value” at lunchtime becomes “expensive in the evening for almost the same menu”.
4. Da Mario Italian restaurant in South Kensington 15 Gloucester Rd - SW7
2021 Review: Near the Royal Albert Hall and needing a “reasonably priced” bite? This fun Italian is surprisingly smart given its affordable prices, and its food – majoring in pizza – is consistently well rated. It claims to have been ‘Princess Diana’s local pizzeria’ (and is not shy about promoting the connection via pics on the walls). Top Tip – budget party cave in the cellar.
5. Aglio e Olio Italian restaurant in Chelsea 194 Fulham Rd - SW10
2021 Review: “Honest”, “fresh-tasting pasta and Italian staples” have won a major fanclub for this “unobtrusive” but “buzzy and very good-value institution” near Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. “Service is high-speed” and there’s a “fun atmosphere” – but be warned, it’s “not for the hard of hearing”.
6. Chelsea Cellar Italian restaurant in Chelsea 9 Park Walk - SW10
2021 Review: “Romantic, quaint and cosy basement” near Chelsea & Westminster Hospital that earns high marks across the board for its “classy and delicious” Italian cicchetti, plus a seasonal menu of larger plates and 250 wines (also available as off sales). “The owners really take care to look after you” and “clearly put everything into this place”.
7. Stecca Italian restaurant in Chelsea 14 Hollywood Rd - SW10
2021 Review: Hit and miss feedback on this Italian three-year-old, in a posh side street opposite the entrance to the Chelsea & Westminster hospital. On the plus side, all reports rate the cooking as good or better. But it can also seem pricey for what it is, and meals don’t always run like clockwork: “the management and the regular clientele were treating the place as the most remarkable restaurant in this part of the world, but our service was very up and down, to the extent they gave us free puddings”.
8. Rossopomodoro Pizza restaurant in Chelsea 214 Fulham Rd - SW10
2021 Review: “Neapolitan influences are evident in the choice of ingredients, and the wood-burning oven makes for good, chewy, charred crusts, unlike most high-street pizzas” – so say fans of this global chain, whose HQ is indeed in Naples. Not everyone is impressed, though, and ratings are dragged down by those who feel it’s merely an “everyday” choice: “OK for a bog-standard group, but not great”.
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