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Italian restaurants - Guide to the best London has to offer

By Paul Caffell (14 May 09)
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Looking to eat out at a quality Italian Restaurant in London?

With websites galore offering online booking it’s now easier than ever to find a restaurant in London serving Italian cuisine. But with the plethora of Italian restaurants London has, how do you know which are the best ones? Below is a comprehensive guide to what Fluid Eating recommend are the ones to experience in all areas of London. Enjoy.

1 Blossom Street - The City of London
A varied and exiting Italian menu with dishes to suit all pallets. Classic Italian dishes have been recreated to give them a modern twist, using some of the finest ingredients imported from Italy. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Amaretto - Warren Street
The Amaretto offers lively, friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Each meal is freshly cooked to order with natural ingredients. The restaurant offers great value for money and great authentic Italian food. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Aperitivo - Soho
The atmosphere of this airy Beak Street location is equally relaxed, making it perfect for lunch, a mid afternoon snack or dinner. The menu, being far from the usual three-courses fare makes Aperitivo the ideal choice pre-theatre, pre-cinema or pre-pubbing. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Arturo - Marylebone
Arturo is a venue where customers can find a wide selection of dishes and an excellent drinks menu. The front of house staff are pleasant and professional and do their upmost to make customers, old and new alike, feel welcomed and looked after from the moment they arrive. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Azzurro - Waterloo
Azzurro is a restaurant and bar situated minutes from Waterloo station in between the London Eye and Southbank. Azzurro can cater for parties of up to 200. There is outside terrace seating at the front of the restaurant. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Blades Restaurant - Putney
Blades features an open traditional grill, so you can have a sneaky peak at how your meal is being prepared. There's also a light, airy conservatory area to sit in as well. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Brera - Oxford Street
Brera is a contemporary restaurant and bar on Welbeck Street, serving authentic Milanese cuisine. Brera's head chef, Christian Roncari is a native of Lombardy and his menu is inspired by much of what has made Milan's cuisine famous. Brera's bar plays an important role in the restaurant, reflecting the fashionable cocktail culture of Milan. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Caffe al Fresco - East Sheen
Dine at Caffe al Fresco in their attractive gardens be it summer or winter, where they bring you a taste of southern Italy with a mouth-watering selection of authentic ingredients. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Caffè Uno - The Strand
Caffè Uno believe that sharing food, drink and conversation is one of life's greatest pleasures. Their aim is to create a friendly, lively and enjoyable atmosphere for you to share, where you can eat the best authentic Italian food. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Camerino - Fitzrovia
Culinary simplicity and the use of only the finest and freshest ingredients from Italy characterise the dishes at Camerino. The exclusively Italian wine list has been meticulously sourced and features wines from around the Italian peninsula. As well as suggesting wines to accompany your meal, they will also eagerly recommend a grappa from the extensive list. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Cantina del Ponte - Tower Bridge
Enjoy al fresco eating beside the river in warm weather. Cantina, serves simple, robust and gutsy, Italian food using only the best seasonal ingredients. The pizzas, cooked in a wood burning stove in the restaurant, are always popular and can be ordered to take away. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Capri - Hammersmith
Located in the heart of Hammersmith, Capri Italian restaurant serves classic Italian food complemented by fine wines at affordable prices in a thoroughly traditional atmosphere. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Caravaggio - City of London
Created in homage to a key genius of the Italian Renaissance, Caravaggio is dedicated to gastronomic excellence, aiming to demon-strate the same dedication to quality and innovation in the field of food and drink as the great Italian masters brought to painting and sculpture. Head Chef Cristian Roncari, has designed a menu that brings together dishes from various regions of Italy and its islands. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

The Carnaby - Soho
The Carnaby offers a destination for both hotel guests and the general public. The dishes on offer range from light Italian bites and breads, to more robust protein-rich salads and fish dishes. Ideal for pre and post theatre dinner. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Ciro's Pizza Pomodoro - City of London
The main restaurant ‘La Grande Sala’ situated downstairs has seating for up to 150 guests and is beautifully decorated with many original features including a mosaic waterfall and ornate hand painted columns. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Concordia Notte - Bayswater
Upstairs is where folk have all the serious eating in the main restaurant. You can enjoy the excellent, authentic Italian basics and unfussy dishes. There are long-time favourite dishes here, like bruschetta and spaghetti bolognese, with home-made pasta just like mama made, as well as offerings like spigola in cartoccio, fresh seabass baked in the oven. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Da Paolo - Goodge Street
Da Paolo is a traditional Italian restaurant that prides itself as having a family run feel whilst maintaining an air of professionalism when it comes to the service and authenticity of the food. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

De Cecco Restaurant - Parson's Green
De Cecco is a friendly place to enjoy the authentic flavours of Italy and a huge range of Italian wines. Cherished by the locals, this popular restaurant is a firm favourite in New King's Road. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Delfino - Mayfair
Wonderfully for a posh Mayfair location, the restaurant remains incredibly reasonably priced. More of a culinary service for all Italian food-loving folks. All the classic pizza choices are here, as well as some more unusual ones. The restaurant supplies "Piemontese", which is a divine creation using real air-cured fillet of beef to an authentic old recipe. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Donna Margherita - Clapham
Donna Margherita is situated on Lavender Hill. Using age-old traditional Italian cooking techniques and an authentic Neapolitan wood-fired oven in a authentic setting, Donna Margherita promises to bring a genuine Southern Italian eating experience to the area. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Eddalino - Marylebone
Eddalino is a stylish little place for some authentic Italian cuisine, which offers a wonderful warm eatery with la Dolce Vita positively oozing through. Located in shopping-central, just behind Oxford Street in Cavendish Square, this tastefully decorated trattoria is a treat. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Franco's Restaurant & Bar - Mayfair
Located at the St James' end of Jermyn Street, Franco's has been offering Italian and Mediterranean cuisine for over 60 years. The Italian and Mediterranean menu focuses on simplicity and quality of product. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Friends - Chelsea
Situated in the Atrium of the two main towers, Friends is the obvious place to meet, dine, date and dally. As such, it is understandably busy serving frothy cappuccinos, plate-filling snacks, stomach-pleasing meals - or just plain simple drinks at the bar. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Galileo's Locanda Toscana - Piccadilly
Opened by modern day Renaissance man and long established figure in the London restaurant scene, Stefano Fraquelli, in 1997, Galileo’s is the result of Stefano’s desire to bring the exquisite cuisine of Italy’s richest region to the heart of the West End.  To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Getti - Marylebone Village
Indulge yourself at Getti Marylebone High Street for that special meal. Located at the upper end of chi-chi Marylebone Village, the distinctive cosy alcoves of this restaurant make it perfect for intimate romantic evenings or for important business lunches To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Il Convivio - Belgravia
The restaurant has a conservatory at the back for al fresco dining with the advantage of an electric roof to enable year round dining. The conservatory features cedarwood decking and the theme continues into the restaurant with limestone and cedarwood panels. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Il Sorriso Italian Restaurant - Fitzrovia
Since the late 80's, Il Sorriso Italian Restaurant in London's west end has been a favorite amongst those who love authentic Italian cuisine. The proprietor Franco Graziano prides himself on the authenticity and quality of cuisine and service that makes Il Sorriso so distinctive amongst the wealth of London eater. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

The Italian Kitchen - Oxford Street
Italian Kitchen is one of the West End's little treasures; a genuine neighbourhood Italian restaurant. It quietly turns out solid favourite dishes of comfort and quality. It's always there and always reliable Just like mamma would be? To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

La Campana - Holborn
La Campana is an Italian restaurant which offers you great food at reasonable prices. You can relax and dine in style in the warm and homely atmosphere. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Latium - Fitzrovia
Chef Maurizio Morelli's unique passion for Italian cuisine has created one of the best seasonal menus in London. With a strong commitment to sourcing Italian produce, Morelli cooks in a way that best represents the flavours and seasonal variations of Italy. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Locale - Blackheath
Locale restaurant, offers market fresh Italian dishes, prepared by Italian chefs in the bustling open kitchen. Locale uses Italian ingredients wherever possible, including flour, eggs and olive oil and all the dishes including the breads are made to authentic Italian recipes, so diners are sure to get a true taste of Italy. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Loco Locale - Fulham
This Italian restaurant is embedded in a mainly residential street off the Fulham Broadway. Its interior has a rustic yet modern feel to it, which provides it with a quintessential Mediterranean ambiance. As the venue is a fusion of cocktail bar and eatery there is a mix of clientele who all end up indulging in both the fancy drinks and the food. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Loco Mensa - Waterloo
Offering a combination of full service restaurant and bar, cafe and takeout all within the same location. Ideally situated just 2 minutes from the London Eye the eaterie is the perfect venue for a relaxed family lunch or dinner, a romantic meal or just a treat for yourself. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Mamma Mia - East Sheen
Mamma Mia brings you a taste of Southern Italy with a mouth-watering selection of authentic Italian food, and an extensive wine list to match. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Neal St Restaurant - Covent Garden
The word is out about Neal St, one of the most authentic and luxurious restaurants this side of Milan. Get yourself here for simple, seasonal, regional Italian cuisine like you've never tasted before. You'll be relaxing in perfectly chic, intimate surroundings, right in the heart of Covent Garden. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Ooze - Fitzrovia
Ooze is London's first Risotto Bar and have a passion in working with fresh seasonal ingredients to make combinations of risotto that you may not have had before. They make risotto so that you can eat quickly (in and out in around 30 minutes) if you want to. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Percanto - City of London
Situated in the heart of the City, Perc%nto is alive from dawn until dusk, appealing to those who want breakfast meetings as well as great Italian cooking for lunch or dinner, when dining with friends or with clients. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Refettorio - Blackfriars
This great restaurant changed the culinary landscape of the Square Mile. For example, the kitchen at Refettorio uses only the freshest produce that is can source - nothing less gets through the doors. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Sapore - Chelsea
Sapore is a new addition to the Kings Road dining scene, offering a mix of both traditional and modern Italian cuisine. They use the finest ingredients to provide authentic dishes in relaxed and informal surroundings. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Sartoria - Mayfair
This is a truly well-tailored restaurant. Elegant and sophisticated, Sartoria serves excellent Italian food and wine in calm, comfortable surroundings. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Serafino Restaurant - Mayfair
The Serafino has been a firm Mayfair favourite for over forty years and its longevity is proof of consistently high standards through changing times. It comprises a sophisticated restaurant on the ground floor serving authentic Italian specialities with a modern slan To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Taberna Etrusca - City of London
Established in 1967, Taberna Etrusca is an Italian restaurant in the classic trattoria style, with textured white walls, tiled floors and an open-beamed ceiling. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Timo - Olympia
Warm and welcoming staff, beautifully presented and fairly priced modern Italian food combine to make this a successful restaurant. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Uno - Victoria
Uno Restaurant, located in the heart of Pimlico, is the place to go for incredible modern Italian cuisine, fantastic ambience and friendly, reliable service. Whether you are meeting friends for a catch-up, enjoying a relaxed meal before a night out on the town, grabbing a pre-theatre bite to eat or you just enjoy sampling new food in new venues, Uno is the place to be doing it. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Vasco & Peiro's Pavillion Restaurant - Soho
Vasco and Piero created the restaurant out of a passion for good, uncomplicated Italian food. The making of fresh pasta on the premises has always been a priority. From the outset, the menu changed twice a day, a tradition which still continues To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Vito's - Wandsworth
Vito's is an Italian restaurant, holding up to 100 people, in which you will find fine-quality Italian cuisine and a carefully chosen wine list. Adjacent to the restaurant is the newly built bar with a bar menu available and a mix of music from the 70s to the latest bar grooves, chill out tunes and much more. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

The Zetter - City of London
The Zetter restaurant wraps around the ground floor and looks out onto St John’s square through its giant sash windows; the idea being that this would be a building that both locals and visitors alike would come to, whether to meet, eat or simply sleep; a bit like a modern day “urban inn”. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Zia Teresa - Knightsbridge
Zia Teresa, is the quintessential neighbourhood Italian restaurant nestled right in the chic heart of Knightsbridge. They offer a wide choice of consistently reliable, popular Italian cuisine and friendly service in a convivial, relaxed atmosphere. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Zonzo - Paddington
Zonzo is an Italian restaurant on Edgware Road with a traditional wood-fired oven producing great pizzas. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Zuccato - Hampstead
Zuccato is a modern Italian kitchen and bar - or 'Café Urbano' - located within the unique O2 leisure complex on Finchley Road, and clearly visible from the opposite side of the road because of its unique lighting design, which changes through a spectrum of hot colours and signals one of North London's coolest hangouts. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

Zuccato - City of London
Zuccato City is situated in the historical terraced properties of Bow Lane. You enter the bar at ‘lane’ level, with large images of an era gone by, transporting you to 1950’s Milan. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a Table.

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