Cuisine Country Tour - Italian
London is full of amazing and delicious restaurants from a variety of countries from across the world! We're going to take a tour around the globe and explore London's best cuisines... starting with Italian!
From pasta to pizza via mozzarella, prosciutto and tiramisu, here's some of the best Italian places to enjoy in the capital.
Based in Soho, Bocca di Lupo pulls together traditional dishes from across Italy's many different regions, from raw and cured dishes, to fried foods, pastas, risottos, grills and stews, it'll touch all your Italian tastebuds! Some of the restaurants highlights include a radish, celeriac, pomegranate and pecorino salad with a delightful truffle dressing! So for a place that specialises in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions, you won't be disappointed!
If pizza is your thing, a slice of heaven awaits you at Homeslice Pizza in Fitzrovia! With a cheery and vibrant atmosphere with funk, soul and disco soundtracks, the pizzeria offers you a wide range of flavours and toppings cooked in a blistering hot oven, with clever combos including sopressata and rocket, caprese and smoked trout with baby beets and goats’ curd. A pizza place is marked on how well it makes a margarita, and here you won't be disappointed, as a thin and crusty base, ripe tasting tomatoes with creamy mozzarella sees this one pass the test with flying colours!
A stones throw away from London Fields sits Il Cudega, under one of the three railway arches that make up Fount London. The crowd-funded operation has a philosophy of 'eat, shop and play' with their deli and restaurant dedicated to the produce, wines and culinary traditions of Lombardy. As well as your favourite pasta's, such as ravioli or spaghetti, you can enjoy other dishes including their Ossobuco con risotto alla milanese (braised veal shank with saffron risotto Milanese style) and Polenta Valtellinese con uovo al tegamino, cavolo nero e funghi (seared buckwheat polenta, fried egg, cavolo nero and mushrooms). For a quirky pasta adventure this is one to explore!
In the heart of Marble Arch you'll come across the luxurious Locanda Locatelli, which has been an mainstay of the London Italian cuisine scene for over 15 years. Indulging in technique rather than old-school charm, if you're after varied tasty treasure treats, this is the place for you! Bringing together a family dining atmosphere with knowledgeable and friendly staff, you can enjoy expertly cooked cuisines, including sea bass, Char grilled mackerel and Homemade oxtail ravioli. When you leave your Italian food delights will have been perfectly catered for!
To experience the Soho buzz and for all things pasta, pasta and more pasta, Pastaio will be right up your street! In a colourful and contemporary open space, you won't be offered your bog standard spag bols here! Dishes include a fusilli with crab, courgette, tomato and marjoram, or perhaps a gutsy stuffed pasta filled with rich shredded meat would tickle your tastebuds?! Although pasta makes a significant appearance on the menu, there's a range of antipasti's including moreish fried mozzarella to kick-off your meal, and a tantalising tiramisu to end it!
Translated as 'People' in Italian, Popolo is a picturesque pocked-sized gem in swanky Shoreditch. With a shaddy-chic interior you can devour traditional Italian cuisine that has a touch of Spanish and Middle Eastern influence. With pasta freshly produced every afternoon and seafood fresh from the coasts of Dorset, you'll be sure of an authentic and scrumptious food experience. For the perfect accompaniment with your dinner, Popolo offers you wines from smaller producers across Italy, so you can wash down all that lovely cuisine!
For a casual and relaxed atmosphere and Italian dining experience, why not check out Radici in Islington. With a tiled floor, pale terracotta walls and shelves laden with jars of preserves, it conjures the notion of a rustic southern Italian trattoria. From fresh charred mackerel, to richly flavoured pasta and bean stew, to an earthy ragu of tender beef, there's no shortage of options for you to try!
So whether you want pasta or pizza, or maybe something beyond that, all of these Italian food spots are bloomin’ bellissimo and will do the (Italian) job!