London is one of the most popular cities in the world, which means you can find savory cuisine from all over the world within the city limits. Self-proclaimed foodie Paolo Pironi knows exactly what to look for in terms of Italian food in his adopted city of London.
Paolo was born and raised in Ravenna, Italy, the home of lasagna and bolognese. As an adult, he’s traveled extensively all over the globe, always sampling Italian cuisine in every new city he explored. His unofficial food research has made him an expert at how to find the value and taste in every city. Now that he lives in London full-time, we tapped him to give us the low-down on where to sit down and ‘mangia.’
Says Paolo, “London is full of very expensive, Michelin-starred Italian restaurants where food is amazing. You can’t always go to a ‘break-the-bank’ place every night. So, I’ve put together a list of places that may not be cheap, but where you can enjoy amazing food without breaking the bank.”
Be sure to check out this foodie’s list for some of the best and reasonably priced Italian restaurants in London.
45 Grafton Way
Monday-Friday 12PM- 3PM, 6PM-11PM; Saturday 6PM-11PM
Sardo is an authentic restaurant in London’s West End area. This cozy italian restaurant offers flavorful Sardinian cuisine and is known for their array of fresh and homemade bread.
215 Piccadilly St.
30 Wellington St
Cicchetti specializes in the cuisine of the Veneto and everything is served in smaller portions so that you can choose among all the offerings to fully enjoy a variety of flavors. Make sure to save room for dessert and order the Tiramisu made with pistachio sponge cake.
196/198 Great Portland St.
Monday-Friday 7AM-10:30PM; Saturday 12PM-10:30PM
Demartino offers traditional italian fare at an affordable rate. Choosing from all that they offer might be difficult, but a great option is the Spaghetti alla Carbonara–spaghetti with fresh cream, pancetta (Italian bacon) and parmesan. Or, keep it simple and choose a charcoal-grilled steak or fire-roasted whole fish.
15-18 Great Newport Street
Sartori has a prime location in the midst of London’s upbeat West End near Leicester Square and Covent Garden underground stations. It is a perfect place to dine before heading to the theatre or spending a night out in London–make sure to check out their extensive wine list!
22 Battersea Park Rd.
Monday-Thursday & Sunday 5PM-10:30 PM; Friday-Saturday 5PM-11:30PM
San Gennaro is a family run restaurant with a warm ambiance and great service. Between the cheerful and attentive staff and the fresh Southern Italian dishes, you can expect a great dining experience. The restaurant is known for their excellent pizza and exceptional appetizers –try the Deep Fried Calamari Rings made with fennel and chilli crust.