Top 10 Best Italian Restaurants in London

While in London, try not to forget that you’re in one of the gastronomic capitals of the world.

In addition to great local cuisine, London’s international foods hail from all corners of the globe; especially neighboring countries in Europe.

Italian food is widespread in the English capital; you can eat at grab-and-go pizza joints or swanky fine dining restaurants. There is something to suit every budget, every district and every dietary requirement. Read on!

1. L’oro di Napoli in London

I start with a very affordable, very home-like restaurant out in the eastern suburb of Ealing in London. L’oro di Napoli isn’t centrally located or easy to get to, but I just love the ambiance of this spot and their noticeable care in every dish that they make.

Talk to a person from Napoli and they’ll tell you the best pizzas in Italy are made there. L’oro di Napoli brings Napoli pizza to London with their wood-fired oven — a dream!

L’oro di Napoli in London – by L’oro di Napoli – Sourced from their webiste

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: 6 The Quadrant, Little Ealing Lane, London W5 4EE, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: South Ealing

2. Bombetta in London

Bombetta is also significantly further from the city center than I would like, but the vibrant dining space makes it a memorable one that you’ll gladly make the journey to when the cravings set in.

The menu is about as authentic as it gets outside of Italy itself. The chef works from the center of the restaurants, enclosed by a bar at which you’re welcome to sit and watch if you so desire.

Great service, cool music and a never-ending list of reservations — book in advance!

Bombetta – by Bombetta – Sourced from their website

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday — 5pm to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 51-53 Station Approach, High St, Wanstead, London E11 1QE, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: Snaresbrook

3. Tomo in London

The suburb of Hornsey was blessed to become the basecamp for Tomo Pizzeria and Restaurant.

Another spot that brings traditional, wood-fire pizzas to the public, Tomo also offers a selection of classic and modern Italian dishes. It’s a fantastic menu; one that also includes generous options for vegans, vegetarians and gluten free diners.

Tomo – by Tomo – Uploaded by them

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 5pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: 88 High St, Hornsey, London N8 7NU, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: Hornsey

4. Piatto in London

Let’s call this upmarket eatery in Battersea “experimental Italian”. While most of the menu is classic and authentic, Piatto are known for having some particular Instagrammable pizzas.

The pizzas at Piatto are charcoal infused; so they are completely black, apart from the toppings.

It’s a wonderful little Italian nook close to the Thames River. Try the gnocchi!

Piatto – by Piatto – Uploaded by them

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 2:30pm // 5:30pm to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 29 Maddox St, Mayfair, London W1S 2PA, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: Oxford Circus Underground

5. Terra Rossa in London

Similar to people from Napoli, ask anyone from Puglia where the best pizzas are made and they will tell you Puglia!

Terra Rossa is a charming restaurant that serves the classic dishes from the Puglian gastronomy in southern Italy. It’s a relaxed, family-friendly space in Islington, north London.

Terra Rossa in London – by Terra Rossa – Uploaded by them

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 139 Upper St, The Angel, London N1 1QP, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: Essex Road

6. Santoré in London

Sounds obvious that an Italian restaurant should be passionate about Italian food, but at Santoré it’s totally tangible.

This is traditional cuisine from across Italy served up with noticeable passion daily in this dark-wooded dining space.

At Santoré, the pizzas definitely rule the kitchen. And I wouldn’t recommend leaving without trying a slice of their homemade Tiramisu.

Santoré – by Santoré – Sourced from their website

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: 59, 61 Exmouth Market, Farringdon, London EC1R 4QL, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: Farringdon

7. Princi in London

Princi is the all-day Italian eatery in Soho on London’s West End.

From early morning, though until late night, you’ll eat Italian, Italian and more Italian. It’s their Milan-style bakery that operates service before midday, serving up fresh, hot baked goods all to that seemingly unattainable local standard.

By afternoon and night, Princi’s menu offers all of the traditional dishes that you know and love. Did someone say pesto penne?

Princi – by Princi – Uploaded by them

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 8am to 12am
ADDRESS: 135 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0UT, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: Tottenham Court Road

8. Polpo in London

Not far from Princi, also in Soho, is the very chic spot known as Polpo.

Polpo is traditional Venetian cuisine, served in a tapas style ideal for sharing amongst friends. This concept has done well in Soho, where shared dining is a popular nightly form of entertainment at this district’s restaurants.

If you’re not up for sharing/ you’re dining alone, Polpo does offer a few main meal options as well.

Polpo – by Polpo – Uploaded by them

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: 41 Beak St, Soho, London W1F 9SB, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: Piccadilly Circus

9. Osteria Romana in London

Those who value upscale attention to detail will love Osteria Romana. It’s in Knightsbridge, tucked away in an intimate space with a very alluring interior.

The cuisine, as you might have guessed, is traditional Roman. The restaurant goes as far as importing as many ingredients, wines and produce from Rome as they can, making use of it all in the kitchen.

A romantic spot for date night — take note!

Osteria Romana – by Osteria Romana – Uploaded by them

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: 3-4 Park Cl, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PQ, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: Knightsbridge

10. Bar Remo in London

Bar Remo is for the Italian old-timers; for those who either grew up in the culture, or understand the significance of recipes passed through time by those who did.

This classic restaurant lives in Mayfair; a swanky fine dining district on the edge of Hyde Park. Bar Remo has been part of this neighborhood for over 90 years under ownership of the same family.

It’s one of the more affordable dining spots in Mayfair, don’t let the neighborhood deter you.

Bar Remo – by Bar Remo – Uploaded by them

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 11:30am to 11pm
ADDRESS: 2 Princes St, Mayfair, London W1B 2LB, United Kingdom
Metro STATION: Oxford Circus Underground