Italian Restaurants in Southwark
1. Macellaio RC Italian restaurant in Southwark Arch 24, 229 Union St - SE1
“Quality Italian beefsteaks” – most notably from the Piedmontese Fassone breed – are showcased in style at Genovese owner, Roberto Costa’s, “unique” steakhouse group, where at each branch you “enter through the butcher’s shop” and “you can tell the staff which cut you want”. “The well-hung rump steak is absolutely delicious” and “a great selection of Italian wines” helps make it the perfect place to kill off an evening.
2. La Barca Italian restaurant in Southwark 80-81 Lower Marsh - SE1
“A lovely and cosy, family-run Italian”, “handily placed near Waterloo”, which “has been a feature of the area for years” (well over 30). It’s always been “quite expensive”, but for traditional trattoria fare it’s a “go-to” for some diners, including as a business lunch spot.
3. Union Street Café British, Modern restaurant in Southwark 47-51 Great Suffolk St - SE1
Gordon Ramsay’s “Italian-leaning” warehouse conversion in Southwark, with an indoor ‘olive grove’ complete with trees, pleases some with its “giant portions of great food” and “fantastic cocktails”. Far too many reporters this year, though, complain of a “sterile” aspect to its “industrial” decor, and dismiss the fare as mightily “uninspired”.
4. Cafe Murano Italian restaurant in Southwark 184 Bermondsey Street - SE1
“Perhaps hopes were too high?” – Angela Hartnett’s spin-off Italians in Covent Garden and St James’s inspire a lot of feedback, but much of it is mixed. Fans do applaud her for “succeeding where most others fail in establishing a couple of cheaper ventures that follow her style, but do not feel part of a factory-made chain; and which provide some excellent, simple Italian cooking and carefully chosen wines”. But for many sceptics, the gloss is taken off the experience either by “food that’s fine but not exceptional; not-wholly-interested service; or a lack of ambience” (WC2 can be “very noisy”). She must be doing something right however, as in June 2019 she submitted plans to take over the Bermondsey site some will recall as Zucca (RIP) to become her next outlet. Top Tip – “a useful stop pre-theatre but the set menu never seems to meet expectations, so it’s better to stick with the à la carte”.
6. Prosecco House Italian restaurant in Southwark 1 Crown Sq, One Tower Bridge - SE1
A bar dedicated to serving prosecco by the glass and bottle, to sip in or takeaway, as well as small selection of cocktails and cicchetti in the form of Italian cured meats and cheeses. Fizz fanatics will be excited to hear the bar will stock exclusive bottles from family-owned vineyards found nowhere else in London.
7. Legare Italian restaurant in Southwark Cardamom Building, 31g Shad Thames - SE1
Jay Patel, previously Barrafina’s general manager, and Matt Beardmore, formerly senior sous chef at Trullo, are joining forces to open this 35-cover Italian in Tower Bridge in autumn 2019.
8. Forza Wine Italian restaurant in Southwark Floor 5, Rye Lane - SE15
Peckham’s Forza Win, has opened a new Italian wine bar, on a fifth-floor rooftop with terrace.
9. Baccala Fish & seafood restaurant in Southwark Unit B3, 194-204 Bermondsey Street - SE1
Italian seafood and wine-by-the-glass restaurant, with ex-Four Seasons chef Moreno Polverini in the kitchen. Walk-ins only.
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