Having found the best addresses of wine bars in London, French Morning London set out to find the best places to eat Italian cuisine. Between wood-fired pizzas, pasta rolled in a pecorino wheel and brunch like Nonnas Italian cook them up, your taste buds are about to serve…
Located in the heart of Soho, POLPO has been serving up Venetian-style plates to Londoners since 2009. Inspired by traditional Venetian ‘bàcaris’, the menu features ‘cicheti’ (Venetian starters) followed by larger starters including pasta and pizzetti, all designed for sharing among visitors. A subdued and friendly atmosphere, the restaurant offers very good cocktails (a favorite is the ‘Amaretto sour’) and a fine selection of Italian wines. The setting is also inspired straight out of Venice, with lamps covered with small pieces of tablecloth and wooden stools.
Where: 41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB (but there are several addresses in London)
This Italian restaurant located in Islington specializes in their homemade pasta. Noci is relatively new and was inspired by the travels that the restaurant’s chef was able to make through Italy and the country’s regional specialties. The place is very warm and full of life. Affordable prices in a “Dolce Vita” setting. On the menu homemade Spritz, Negronis, very well presented fresh produce, pasta and wine. What more could you ask for… Their ‘cacio e pepe’ cooked al dente for just £8 is outstanding. The staff is more than friendly and caring. An ideal place whether for a walk with friends or a romantic date.
Where: 4-6 Islington Grn, London N1 2XA
Probably one of the best pizzerias in London, located in the heart of Marylebone (there are other addresses in the capital). With pizzas with thin and crispy dough – a delight -, fresh products and attentive service, Crazy Pizza is an address to try without hesitation. A small suite of cocktails that are not their forte, but wine lovers will be served. Their minute tiramisu is also worth the detour. Their pavement terrace – Parisian style – is very popular during the summer.
Where: 7 Paddington Street, London W1U 5QH
Located right in the heart of the madness of Regent’s Street, this little haven of peace takes you to the heart of traditional and refined Italian cuisine. The setting is complex and the atmosphere is warm. This pizzeria, which doesn’t look like much from the outside, is a real gem once you walk in the door. They offer a weekend brunch menu. The products are of high quality and the presentations are successful. Their chef Nancy Silverton, internationally acclaimed, opened the first pizzeria in Los Angeles before settling in the heart of the English capital. We especially recommend their dessert ‘Torta della nonna’, a freshly frozen tart perfect for sunny days.
Where: 4-5 Langham Place, London W1B 3DG
Probably the most Instagrammable place. Located in Fitzrovia, the brainchild of Parisian group Big Mamma, this little nugget is a staple of Italian gastronomy in London. With its atypical decor, no less than 20,000 bottles of wine and spirits are displayed on huge illuminated shelves. The kitchen? Spectacular, between their pecorino wheels, in which they prepare their minute pasta or their famous lemon pie which is literally the height of a basketball. The atmosphere is also warm and the staff quite friendly. On the other hand, we advise you to do it in advance because the restaurant is often taken over, especially on weekend evenings.
Where: 40-41 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HX