So you’ve settled on Italian for dinner. What next? We’re here to make the rest of the decision making that bit easier with answers to all your questions about Italian restaurants in London. Prego.
The short answer is: everywhere. Italians first started settling in the 19th century – bringing their world-renowned delicious cuisine with them. The first Italian restaurants in London were in Soho and Clerkenwell, but today you can experience fine Italian dining across the city. A few of the best-reviewed places show the range of top Italian restaurants in London, including in:
This is about the toughest question you could ask a food lover. That said, ask an Italian and there’s a good chance you’ll get an impassioned response encouraging you to try the dish their region is most famous for. Here’s a soft answer to cover off on perhaps the two most popular dishes: pizza and pasta.
Of course, food is just one part of the Italian dining experience – it’s all about fine wine, too. Learn more about pairings in this guide.
There are tons of affordable and relatively cheap good Italian restaurants in London, and Groupon always has the best Italian restaurant vouchers. Restaurants pushing five stars such as R&M Italiano and Marco’s Italian have reasonable prices to start with. Throw a great deal into the mix and you’re laughing. Browse more excellent offers at Groupon.
With such a huge range of Italian restaurants in central London and beyond, you’ll find a fair few prime spots which have earned coveted Michelin stars. However, Michelin stars are only one way of measuring the quality of Italian restaurants. Swipe through the highly rated options above and you’ll find a whole host of authentic gems near you.
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For a long time, your options for Italian food in London fell along two main lines. Firstly there was your friendly local high-street Italian, called something like Mamma Mia or Don Luigi’s where you could get a plate of pasta penne or lasagne, a thin crust pizza or even a commodity steak if you were (un)lucky, and eat it by the light of a candle s