London Dining Edit: Beautiful Italian Eateries In The City

 

London's Italian-restaurant scene is as varied as the food-loving country itself, from old-school trattorias to new-wave small-plates, and, of course, the best home-made pasta. Explore our guide to London's most Instagrammably-delicious destinations for Italian food.

 
 

Gloria 

54-56 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3QR

The 1970s Capri-designed Italian restaurant proudly celebrates the best produce Italy has to offer – the team spent three years exploring and sourcing ingredients from all over Italy including fresh pasta, coffee, gelato, home-brewed beer and limoncello.

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Ristorante Granaio

224 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HP

Granaio offers traditional Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere where Grandmas cooking is the inspiration behind it all. Classic Italian favourites are included on the menu such as lasagna, risotto, Parmigianino and a variety of meat dishes.

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Camillo Benso London

8-10, Blenheim St, Mayfair, London W1S 1LJ

A favourite on the Milanese fine dining circuit, Camillo Benso opened its first international outpost in London in August of 2018. The chic Italian eatery promises to bring authentic Italian cuisine to Mayfair.

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Ardiciocca

461-465 North End Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1NZ

The well-established Ardiciocca claims to be London’s first Italian ‘gluten-sugar-dairy-guilt-free’ restaurant and celebrates authentic cuisine in true Italian-style tradition in London.

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Luca

88 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4EH

Luca is the second outing from the team behind the Clove Club, and is set in the trendy borough of Clerkenwell. From the airy and marble-clad bar section, to the lofty dining room, with deco-rustic fittings and billowy drapes, and the faded-palazzo loos, all burnished mirrors and taupe plaster, it’s a handsome spot.

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Il Baretto

43 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 7HF

This popular, well-heeled local has been in business since 2009 and offers a menu that touches all the right spots on the gastronomic map of Italy. There are ten pizzas from the wood-fired oven, all of them gratifyingly simple assemblages that avoid the twin sins of over-elaboration and over-inventiveness.

 

Cecconi's

27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ

An all-day Venetian brasserie serving northern Italian dishes, Cecconi’s is set within The Ned in a classic setting. Expect the same favourites that are served at its sister restaurants in Mayfair, Berlin, Barcelona, Istanbul, Miami and West Hollywood.

Image: The Tastemakers

Image: The Tastemakers

 

Il Pampero at The Hari

20 Chesham Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ

An Italian gem in the heart of Belgravia, il Pampero effortlessly fuses simple homemade cuisine with a sophisticated dining experience.

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Harry’s Dolce Vita

27-31, Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 

Harry’s Dolce Vita only opened its doors in December but is already a thriving all-day restaurant adjacent to luxury retail super store, Harrods. The 1920s-style upmarket restaurant is the latest venture from Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings, the group behind the venerable Daphne’s, Sexy Fish, The Ivy and Harry’s Bar.