Authentic Italian Food in London Will Leave You Full and Happy

Emma Wallis

By , Local Expert, London
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Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in London. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of London restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Bocca di Lupo, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Enoteca Turi. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in London - Soho, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix! The British love a good Italian restaurant, along with most of the rest of the...  Read more »

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    Bocca Di Lupo

    Bocca di Lupo offers the best Italian food I've eaten this side of Milan.

    Local Expert Tip: "This restaurant does great regional food from Italy, but it's the fried food from Rome / Lazio which in my opinion is the tastiest. Their ice cream parlour across the road, gelupo is also DELICIOUS and definitely worth a visit if you can't get a table in the main restaurant."

     
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    Su Sazzagoni

    Su Sazzagoni offers the chance to try a lesser known region of Italy's cuisine and you can by goodies from their shop after eating too.

    Local Expert Tip: "Su Sazzagoni is the real deal, a genuine taste of Sardinia in London, everything is imported including hard to find fregola, a small ball shaped pasta."

     
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    Lardo

    Lardo is very reasonably priced and is offering new style Italian cuisine in the heart of Hackney.

    Local Expert Tip: "At lunchtimes in the week, the restaurant offers a complimentary glass of wine with every pasta dish."

     
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    Due Sardi

    Due Sardi does a few things very well, and offers good value for money.

    Local Expert Tip: "Great for getting cheap authentic italian in London, not as easy as you might think despite the millions of Italian restaurants on offer in the city."

     
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    E Pellicci

    E.Pellicci is a London institution and serves up family Italian style cooking to a vast clientele in the heart of East London.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't go expecting fine Italian dining, this is how mamma would have made it and all the better for it."

     
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    Franco Manca

    Franco Manca serves great brick fired pizzas at a reasonable price in a trendy gourmet area of London, Brixton.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come to Franco Manca for a taste of Naples in London. Good food, and reasonably priced."

     
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    zucca

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: 40 British Pounds
    • Neighborhood: Bermondsey

    Zucca has been highly recommended by friends and many of the restaurant industry's best critics.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure you book for Zucca, and plan well in advance, many people have had to wait three weeks or longer for a table. It is modern Italian cooking come to London with prices to match."

     
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    Enoteca Turi

    • Cuisine: European, Greek, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: 21 British Pounds
    • Neighborhood: Putney

    Enoteca Turi is run by Giuseppe Turi, which makes this place an independent gem in a city full of copy cat Italians.

    Local Expert Tip: "The duck ragu comes highly recommended, and the list of wines is comprehensive with lots of regional specialties. Try by the glass or in a half carafe."

     
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    Pizza Express

    Pizza Express is an example of a chain which made good, and serves up a great product at a reasonable price.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pizza Express is generally consistently good, and caters for everyone at a very reasonable price, and bonus, you can find them all over London and the rest of the UK too."

     
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    River Café

    River Cafe is credited with bringing Italian food to Britain and making Brits appreciate what real Italian cooking is.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go to the River Cafe for a special occasion and be prepared to spend. If you want an intimate small restaurant, this is NOT for you."

     

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