This branch of Prezzo Italian restaurant is located on Hertford Street, behind Hyde Park and Park Lane. I was surprised at the quality, as usually chains in the UK are disappointing. This menu was a bargain at 10 pounds per person, including a starter, a main and a drink. We tried the breaded cheeses, bruschetta and then shared a pizza with asparagus and a goat cheese salad. The presentation is nice, and everything is fresh and tastes good. This branch is in an old house that has beautiful wooden ceilings. It was empty at 12.30 but then quickly filled up.
Misto is an Italian restaurant situated in the small houses in the Shepherd's Market. It is a charming old house, that formed part of the market during the nineteenth century. There are several floors, with small rooms that have low ceilings and vintage decor. As a starter they serve a good selection of antipasti with ham, cheese, tomato salad and olives; classic dishes from the Italian cuisine. For the second course they offer a variety of pastas, risottos, meat and fish. All products are tasty and come from the market. The starters are less than 10 pounds and the second about 18 pounds. In total, the meal comes to about 25 pounds per person with a drink. A little more if you order a bottle of wine, which are expensive.
Da Corradi is an Italian restaurant that serves a wide variety of traditional dishes. It is located in the Shepherd's Market, a pedestrian area that allows the restaurants to put seats on a small terrace outside. The restaurant offers a large selection of wines and beers to accompany your meal. It's a nice place with excellent service. It is a good quality restaurant, much better than the typical "Italian" food that you can find in London. They import certain products such as cheeses and oils in order to offer a cuisine that is much like you would find in Italy. You can eat a full dinner for about £ 25 per person, including wine. It's about a five minute walk from the Hilton and Intercontinental hotels, if you take Hertford Street.
Eating out in the most expensive areas of London can be a daunting task for those on a budget, but at the Spaghetti House you know exactly what you're in for. They offer a menu with wings, arancini or salad for starers, and gnocchi, a chicken burger, or an excellent pizza for the main course. Together with drinks it comes out to £15.00. The service is friendly and the waiters speak Italian. All in all, a pleasant place.
As British food is not the best of England it's okay to take a break and go to an Italian restaurant for a change (chicken, pork and fish and chips become bland). The lasagna is very good, the pizzas excellent, the service was quick and efficient, the prices are usual for London and it's near the Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum.
This place serves local Italian cuisine near the Tate Modern, belonging to an international chain called Va Piano. I recommend it absolutely. The food is freshly prepared in front of you. It has a simple menu: pastas, pizzas, salads and desserts, but with great variety. It is spacious, modern and tastefully decorated, with large glass walls facing the street. There is also a cafe / bar which you can go to without eating. The value for money is great. I went with my son at Christmas 2011: we had two pasta dishes (abundant), wine, soda, tiramisu and coffee for just £26. 100% recommended (the only small downside is a lack of variety in wines). There is another restaurant of this chain very close to Oxford Circus tube at 19-21 Great Portland Street.
After a busy day, we decided to end the day in central London. After making the obligatory stops at Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street, we went to the well-known Oxford Street. At this point we tantísima hunger that we were tempted so unoriginal dinner at an Italian. As discovered days later but did not open the Pandora's box of British franchises, and you can find a Bella Italia in almost every corner of the UK, it will be great, but you end up eating at the same places you London, Edinburgh or Newcastle ... Which is not to say that the food is not quality, which in this case yes it is. We decided to order two dishes to share and was more than enough. From the typical first and second caesar salad pesto pizza rosso, which was delicious, very highly recommended. The prices are not bad for London, the service was quick and attentive.
As an Italian, I had always been told to not go to Italian restaurants abroad. They just don't hold up. It's also true that after a few days of fish & chips, curries, and burgers in London, I was in the mood for something from home. That's when I stumbled across Arancina. As you approach, you notice the old orange windows and then smell the unmistakable aroma of pizza being cooked inside. I ventured in and found a friendly staff and a delicious menu of pizza, arancini, and lasagna. There are tables upstairs and the price is more than OK. It's only a short walk from Notting Hill. How could I resist?
This restaurant is a gem. The food is delicious and tasted fresh, and the presentation is great. The service is OK but I must admit that sometimes the servers are a little slow. However, they smile and are ready to make suggestions as to what to order. The restaurant has a warm and comfortable atmosphere and is authentic enough.
We discovered this restaurant a few years ago by suggestion from a Japanese friend who studied with my husband. Since then, we visited regularly and they have the most incredible seafood (for takeaway): Cartoccio of spaghetti. I have no idea how to cook them but they are delicious. You can choose between a white wine sauce and a tomato sauce (my favorite) I've tried many dishes: spaghetti with lobster, seafood, risotto, spaghetti puttanesca, melazane parmigiana, grilled sardines, salmon and broccoli tagliatelle ... But cartoccio is the specialty and is still my favorite, and therefore the one I recommend.
Orsini Ristorante was a short walk from our hotel, Le Rembrandt, and was a pleasant discovery. The restaurant itself is nice and modern and our favorite things on the menu were the lasagna and the spaghetti frutti di mare. The truth is that we were looking forward to coming back another day, but we didn't get the chance. As for the prices, dinner with dessert and wine comes out to about 18 pounds per diner, quite a bargain considering you're in one of the most expensive parts of London.
If you are in the Soho (the main nightlife and entertainment in London) and you fancy a coffee, do not hesitate to stop at this small establishment that has been operating for over 50 years. It's open late, so it is unusual to see it full of people who want to have their coffee or just have a snack. Here, I've been to the best cafes in London, and I can assure you that this one is delicious. No doubt the secret of this little place is in its rich traditional Italian coffee. I recommend it.
A great place to eat a pizza (crispy, delicious and really unique Italian). The menu is simple, with 6 different varieties without any strange fantasy. They have an abundance of ingredients, many of which have been brought from Italy itself. They also have an extensive menu of fine organic wines, beers and soft drinks. No doubt (and with that price) the best pizza in London!!
Luna Nuova does not lack detail. The waiters will invite you to a glass of Prusecco (terrific indeed), and to end dinner with a limoncello. The menu is extensive and the very friendly waiters will explain every dish. All of the products used are fresh and tasty. The portions are quite generous and the price/quality ratio is lovely.
That's Amore is a quiet and spacious restaurant that serves huge portions of good Italian food. I'd recommend the risotto or the spaghetti with sausages. The service is friendly and attentive...they're literally waiting at the door to welcome you on arrival. Don't forget to leave room for dessert!
Trattoria Terra serves fresh, high-quality Italian food and it's the kind of place where you feel at home immediately. The chef and his wife are very friendly and passionate about their food. The menu isn't very big, but the dishes are made with care (that includes the vegetarian options). I'd eat there again in a heartbeat.