The 10 most popular Italian restaurants in London

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If you are an Italian cuisine lover – take a look at the 10 most popular Italian restaurants in London:

Osteria 60

This is a modern Italian restaurant situated in the Baglioni Hotel in Kensington. The dining area and integral bar area take inspiration from the traditional Milanese trattorias of the 1950s. There is also a lovely terrace area facing Kensington Gardens across the road.

Murano

This is run by TV chef Angela Hartnett; everything about Murano is elegant, from the décor to the food. Vegetarians will be especially pleased with the choice here. It is a pricey establishment and can be hard to get a reservation, so ensure you book well in advance but it’s well worth the wait.

Polpo

This gorgeous Venetian trattoria in Soho has a real Greenwich feel about it – with exposed brick, lovely staff and a laid-back atmosphere. All the dishes are fantastic; do try the Gorgonzola and walnut crostini and pork belly with radicchio and hazelnut. The price for a typical meal for two with wine should set you back no more than £30!

Locanda Locatelli

This is a favourite among London’s celebrities. Therefore has a predictably long waiting list for reservations. The Michelin star makes it a natural choice for the rich and famous. However, the food here is absolutely gorgeous, with top chef Giorgio Locatelli at the helm. It is expensive but you won’t be disappointed.

Caravaggio

This is rated the most serious Italian restaurant in the City of London and a firm favourite with the celebrities, many of whom are regular customers. It boasts a gorgeous interior with an ornate high ceiling and splendid Art Deco light fittings. The cuisine is delicious which means it is always very busy, so booking early is strongly recommended.

Franco Manca

A lovely restaurant in Brixton market, you could easily walk past it without a second glance as it is quite unassuming. They are renowned for serving the best pizza in London, The sourdough bases are made in a traditional wood burning oven and taste authentically Neapolitan. It is excellent value for money with energetic and cheerful staff.

Quattro Passi

Situated on Mayfair’s Dover Street it brings the flavours of Southern Italy to Central London. The seasonally inspired menu is from the internationally acclaimed, two-Michelin star chef Antonio Mellino and all the food is prepared with the finest produce sourced from Antonio’s native Italy. Do try the fresh linguine with courgette and sea bass guazzetto-style.

Monty’s Wine Bar and Restaurant

The sophisticated venue serves an impressive selection of Italy’s finest Cichetti, as well as a delectable array of Italian dishes, made using only the freshest ingredients, which have been sourced and imported directly from Italy and the UK. They have installed outside heating and a canopy so the venue now offers year-round outdoor seating.

Pellicano

This is a family-run restaurant providing good quality, wholesome Italian cuisine with a Sardinian influence and prepared with the freshest ingredients. Fresh homemade pasta dishes such as pappardelle with porcini mushrooms are served alongside tagliolini (thin ribbons of pasta) with fresh crab rocket and chilli and spaghetti with lobster pellicano.

La Famiglia

This is a gorgeous family restaurant which serves a wide range of dishes for various budgets along with a positive and happy atmosphere. Do try the seafood risotto, or seafood pasta and their truffle spaghetti is mouth watering. All the food is fresh and juicy with a very authentic choice. The service is very good with attentive and friendly waiters.