Italian restaurants in London to visit in 2016

DATE: 01 Aug 2016 | BY
Sartori pizza Sartori's sumptuous wood-burned pizza

We reveal the best Italian restaurants in London where you can indulge your love of tomato-rich dishes, pizza and pasta - just like mamma used to make

Italian food is the go-to cuisine for many Londoners, mainly due to the wide selection of food on offer. Whether you’re craving an authentic pizza with extra toppings or calorific pasta dish that’s swimming in a rich and succulent sauce, the following restaurants are the must-go places for those seeking a little taste of Naples - but on one enormous plate.

Stef’s Italian

Most diners rave about the food when visiting a restaurant but Stef’s key selling point is its excellent customer service. Staff are by far the most polite we’ve ever come across and treat you with the warmth and love the Italians are renowned for.

This transfers to their dishes, which is hearty and full of flavor – just how mamma used to make ‘em! Oh, and let’s not forget the location. It’s in walking distance from Oxford Circus tube, so you stuff your face and burn off the calories with a full-on shopping spree.

Stef’s Italian, 3 Berners Street, Soho , W1T 3LD

Il Girasole

Il Girasole takes the top spot in our countdown thanks to its mouth-watering menu, friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. The local vibe makes you feel totally at ease, while the great wine and fresh food make it a top choice for any occasion. The authentic Italian dishes includes a range of antipasti, salads, pasta and pizza, and it’s great value to boot. Simply fantastic from start to finish, and well worth a visit.

Il Girasole 189 Garratt Lane, Southfields, London SW18 4DR 


Citrus pasta Citrus's dishes ooze flavour

Citrus is a stylish, welcoming and vibrant Italian restaurant sandwiched between Hyde Park and Green Park. With decent-sized portions and plenty of genuine Italian risottos, pastas and pizzas, Citrus is a great go-to restaurant for anyone looking for fresh, seasonal ingredients and service with a smile. The dishes ooze flavour and are presented with detail and precision while the restaurant itself is perfectly located for business dinners or for fun.

Citrus The Park Lane Hotel, The Citrus Restaurant, Piccadilly

Luna Nuova

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a three-course meal, Luna Nuova offers a range of tapas, risottos, pastas and salads with an exceptional attention to detail that’ll leave you coming back for more. The extensive menu offers choice and value, with no compromise on genuine Italian ingredients. The enormously welcoming staff are simply the icing on the cake.

Luna Nuova 773 Fulham Road, London SW6 5HA

La Fenice Rossa

La Fenice Rossa is a classic, authentic Italian restaurant located near Aldgate tube station in central London. The restaurant uses ingredients sourced directly from Italy to create their delicious handmade pastas and wood stone baked pizzas.

If you are craving some carne or pesce then the menu also includes fresh fish and steaks as well as a wide selection of wines that will truly compliment your meal.

La Fenice Rossa, 19 Bevis Marks, Aldgate, EC3A 7JA 


Pescatori specialises in delicious seafood cooked the Italian way. Their tantalising menu offers fresh British fish and shellfish with a Mediterranean twist - Dorset crab brushetta, grilled Cornish squid and Seared fillet of Loch Duart salmon are just a few of the dishes on offer at this Fitzrovia gem. Their knowledgeable and attentive staff are sure to give you a warm welcome and the restaurant has daily 'quick lunch' deals. So why not treat yourself this lunch hour?

Pescatori, 57 Charlotte St, London W1T 4PD

Sapori Sardi

Billed as Fulham’s favourite Sardinian restaurant, Sapori Sardi is situated in the heart of south-west London on Fulham Road. Just a few doors down from Luna Nuova, Sapori Sardi offers a variety of authentic Italian dishes and a range of carefully selected Italian wines. The delicious seafood menu is a must, while the various chicken, duck, and meat recipes are all cooked to perfection. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, you’re guaranteed to feel welcome in this cosy London bolthole.

Sapori Sardi 786 Fulham Road, London SW6 5SL 

Tozi Restaurant & Bar

This stylish restaurant-bar in Victoria is a must for Prosecco lovers, which Tozi serves on tap around the clock. The authentic Italian menu is complemented beautifully by an extensive all-Italian wine list, while the helpful staff add to the warm and friendly atmosphere.

There’s a great selection of light tapas including fish and cured meats, with a delicious roast option served every Sunday. Just five minutes from Victoria station, this superb Italian restaurant shouldn’t be missed.

Tozi 8 Gillingham Street London, London SW1V 1HJ


Diciannove is committed to serving classic Italian food with bold, simple flavours. As you would expect from one of the best Italian restaurants in London, Diciannove uses fresh, seasonal ingredients that are regionally sourced to ensure the finest dishes.

From authentic pasta and risotto to their refreshing cocktails, this restaurant is passionate about giving its diners an experience that they will not forget. Diciannove is perfect for business lunches or something informal with family or friends. Whatever the occasion, you will love their instinctively Italian food.

Diciannove, 19 New Bridge Street, City of London, EC4V 6DB  

Bocca di Lupo

Bocca di Lupo was opened in 2008 by Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo and since then the Italian restaurant has been awarded and revered for its honest, regional and authentic dishes. If it can be made on site, then it is; the restaurant makes all its own gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, and pasta and everything else is sourced from Italy. The ever changing menus ensure that the highest quality seasonal ingredients are being used to create unforgettable dishes.

Bocca di Lupo, 12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB


Ristorante Rossella in Kentish Town is a family-run business set in the heart of north London. There’s a superb selection of pastas, pizzas and mains – including steak cooked to perfection and a delicious sea bass dish. All the food is reasonably priced and there is a superb selection of Italian wines, complemented by a relaxed but friendly team with unrivalled knowledge about the dishes on offer. Rossella is a must visit for all those with a penchant for pizza.

Rossella103 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London


Sartori is a hidden gem

Great service, great food and reasonably priced, Sartori is situated in bustling Covent Garden just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and the Strand. It offers some of the best pizza in London’s West End – and is perfect stop-off before a night at the theatre. You can’t go far wrong if you’re looking for an authentic Italian experience.

Sartori 15-18 Great Newport St, Covent Garden, WC2H 7JE

Bar Remo

Family-run for over 90 years, Bar Remo is conveniently located within a stone’s throw of Oxford Circus and is perfect for a post-shop bite to eat, or an evening meal. With its extensive pizza and pasta menu, there’s something for everyone – from delicious vegetarian options to meaty calzones – plus the friendly staff are on hand to make your meal memorable and enjoyable. Relaxed and good value, Bar Remo puts more modern pizza chains to shame.

Bar Remo 2 Princes Street, London W1B 2LB


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