After a busy day exploring London’s top sights, head to West London. This vibrant part of town has an array of exciting Italian restaurants where you can savour some delicious Italian cuisine while discussing your day’s sightseeing.
Simple, fresh and made with passion, Italian food has something for everyone, and it’ll leave you fresh and perky for more exploring tomorrow.
1. Casa Mia Hammersmith
This cosy, family-run eatery has been serving up scrumptious fare since 2008. Portions are generous and prices are very reasonable. Hearty, wholesome food is the style here and the extensive menu offers something for everyone.
The friendly staff and quick service mean you’re soon tucking into crisp, tasty pizza or delectable pasta. This is a popular spot with the locals so don’t forget to book. With comfortable, rustic decor it’s a great place to soak up a real taste of Italy.
2. Al Forno Putney
This charmingly old-fashioned restaurant is a true neighbourhood favourite. Not surprisingly pizza is a big thing here, in every sense of the word. Thin and crispy bases are generously covered with scrumptious toppings; the small is rather large, and the large is gigantic!
Tasty and comforting pasta dishes, plus the usual meat and fish options will leave you struggling to make your mind up. But of course, you can come back regularly just like the locals do.
Run by Senor Peppe and his family, there’s always a great atmosphere. Live music nights certainly add to the buzz, and everyone is welcome to join in!
3. Pizzicotto Kensington
Pizzicotto pizzas have been rated in the top 20 at the World Pizza Championships, but this warm and unpretentious little restaurant certainly doesn’t rest on its laurels.
From the delicious burrata soft cheese starter to the perfectly cured antipasti, you really won’t know where to begin! The meat, pasta and fish main courses are equally irresistible and there’s a tempting selection of salads as well.
Service is quick and friendly, even at busy times. The genial owner has a passion for fine but simple traditional Italian fare, and it shows.
4. Maddalena Fulham
The owners have run Maddalena for 20 years and chances are they’ll be doing the cooking the night you turn up. The usual Italian dishes are all here, and the award-winning risotto with tomatoes, basil and burrata cheese is mouth-wateringly good.
Sardinian specialities are a big feature, so don’t miss the traditional seadas pastries, made with honey, lemon and cheese – utterly yummy.
5. Villa di Geggiano Chiswick
If you’re planning a special occasion, this grand and elegant venue is the place for you. The impressive building is modelled on a Tuscan villa and the menu is no less inspirational.
Pasta dishes are perfectly al dente, and main courses such as beef tenderloin fillet with wild mushroom and red wine sauce just melt in the mouth. A fine wine list and exceptional homemade tiramisu will round off a memorable evening.