Where’s The Best Italian In London? And What About The Absolute Worst?

by timchester

Just a quick post to introduce a new feature to the site, the relatively self-explanatory Best & Worst franchise. Basically, what I’m looking to do here is root out the very best – and the utmost worst – London has to offer in every category.

One of the key aims of this blog is to provide a resource for people coming to visit London. I want to get them out of the Aberdeen Angus Steak Houses and into the hidden gems, to make the world aware of what London has up its gastronomic sleeves, and while I want to celebrate the finest, I think we should shame the shitest.

Hmm, Pizza

So nominate the best, and the worst, places you’ve eaten Italian in the city. Keep it within Zones 1-3 if you can (while that grubby pizzeria in some side street of Beckenham might have been abysmal, there’s little chance of other Londoners / our visitors falling victim to it, unlike the emporium of stale bread and staler waiter’s breath I once stumbled upon in Leicester Square whose name fortunately evades me).

Feel free to nominate more than one, but please try and think of both good and bad. Once I have enough names to work out the winners, I’ll visit both and report back on the blog.

October update: This is a repost from January when I started £31.75. Thought now I actually have some readers it might be worth trying again…

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Kang January 27, 2010 at 8:51 am

Tim – Congrats on starting up, hopefully you’ll enjoy foodblogging and meeting the rest of the blogging community in London!

Anyway, my picks would be Franco Manca (Brixton) , Donna Magherita (Lavender Hill) and Osteria Basillico (Notting Hill Gate). Hope you’ll like these, especially the pizzas at FM.


timchester January 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

Hey Kang, thanks for visiting and for your feedback. Will def check some of these places out.


Briana January 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

Il Bacio in Stoke Newington is definitely a fave.


Emily C January 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

Just moments from Oxford Circus on Princes Street is a family-run Italian called Bar Remo. Recently renovated, thankfully not including the removal of the signed photos of ex Coronation Street actors-turned West End panto stars which adorn the walls, it is a welcome relief from the Steakhouses and McSteakhouses that litter Oxford Street. Wood-oven pizzas, enormous pasta portions and lots of charm (free digestifs in the place of the Little Chef lollipop).


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Alisa February 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I have friends visiting London and I’ll make sure they get to visit your blog. It is a delightful read 🙂


timchester March 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Thanks Alisa!


Boo May 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Hey Tim, great blog, thanks for linking on your blogroll.

I recently visited 500 in Archway, wondeful Italian dishes at very reasonable prices. Give it a try if you’re in the area. On the pricier side, Mennula on Charlotte St is always a safe bet.

The bad – Bella Italia on St Martin’s Lane, nasty!


timchester May 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

No worries – thanks for your Italian tips! TC


Walshy October 13, 2010 at 10:16 am

Best Italians visited this year – slightly unoriginal – Zucca in Bermondsey and Tinello in Pimlico. Latter was particularly enjoyable because I wouldn’t have expected to find such a decent(-ly priced) restaurant in that part of town. Cheapest wine on the menu was £13 and pasta dishes under £10; “small eats” c.£2-3 each (and the chicken liver on crostini “small eat” was definitely big enough for a starter). Obviously there are more expensive items too, but perfectly possible to eat there for under £31.75!
Zucca – plenty has been said online already, all I shall say is that I still think about the pumpkin with longing whenever I’m peckish, and that veal chop for £14 was superb value.


timchester October 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Thanks Walshy!


kensal habit October 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Pane & Vino on Kentish Town High St does the most amazing Sardinian food, surprisingly pricey for the area but a proper family run place and a real hidden gem for those in the know! Can’t recommend highly enough.


cher October 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM—- My fave italian is The Rip Tomato on All Saints Road in Notting Hill. Its totally independent, local and cash only 🙂

Try the porcini pasta in brandy & creme sauce 🙂


Staywimi August 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

What a great idea for a blog. We’ve actually been compiling a list of our favourite Italian restaurants and hangouts in London and have recently finished putting together this free ebook. You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/ITHOL


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