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Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia

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240 Italians, a passion for creating exceptional food and a need to share it with the world; This is the Big Mamma Group. What started as a small venture to bring traditional Italian food to Paris, has evolved … Read more →

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Circolo Popolare

The blurb

It was hard to miss the first London launch from French-owned Italian restaurant group Big Mamma earlier this year. 90% of my Instagram feed seemed to flock to East London’s Gloria to sample the much-hyped Italian fare and … Read more →

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'Pasta is a definite strong point'

STECCA

Open Sunday to Wednesday midday–10pm, Thursday to Saturday midday–10:30pm

The blurb

‘Stecca is a beautiful contemporary Italian restaurant serving stunning regional & seasonal cuisine in the heart of little Chelsea. Award-winning Italian chef patron Stefano Stecca has created this stylish … Read more →

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'A roaring wood-oven fire is both atmospheric and perfect for getting those chewy crusts on their pizzas'

Goat

Open daily midday–10.30pm

The blurb:

Goat is a popular, Italian-style restaurant, bar, and speakeasy perfect for a lively (but-not-too-fancy) night out on busy Fulham Road, in the chill part of Chelsea. The Italian-style food offerings include wood-fired pizzas (topped with … Read more →

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'It felt like a winter break to the Italian countryside'

Vicino

Mon–Sat 12pm–3pm and 6.30pm–11pm, Sun 12pm–3pm

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It may be a clichéd term, but ‘authentic’ truly is the best way to describe Vicino. The name translates from Italian as ‘neighbouring,’ and this pretty much sums up the vibe that … Read more →

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'God, it was all unbelievably yummy'

Brunello Bar and Restaurant (formerly Osteria 60)

Breakfast Mon–Fri 7am–10.30am, Sat–Sun 7am–11am; lunch midday–2.30pm; afternoon tea 1pm–5.30pm; dinner 7pm–10.30pm

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‘Elegant, Milanese-style hotel dining room and bar for upscale Italian cuisine and interesting wines. Facing Kensington Gardens, on the ground floor of the Baglioni Hotel Read more →

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theo's simple italian
'Decent ingredients, cooked well, in unpretentious surroundings'

Theo’s Simple Italian

Open Mon–Fri 6.30am–10.30pm, Sat–Sun 7am–11pm

The blurb

A classic, rustic Italian all-day restaurant and deli, offering the very best of Italian food from acclaimed chef Theo Randall:

“I first learned about the effort required and the rewards enjoyed by a … Read more →

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Menu advisor Aldo Zilli proclaimed his £2 million restaurant ‘the most beautiful in London’

Fumo Covent Garden

Open Mon–Thu 8am–11.30pm, Fri–Sat 8am–midnight and Sun 8am–10.30pm

The blurb

The Distefano family’s multi award-winning restaurant group opened Fumo Covent Garden, their third London restaurant, this autumn. The 130-cover restaurant boasts a sleek design with a solid marble bar, a … Read more →

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'Simple, understated, and exactly what the locals need'

Heist Bank

Restaurant open Mon–Thu 8am–11pm, Fri 8am–midnight, Sat midday–midnight, Sun midday–10.30pm

The blurb

Friday nights you’ll usually find me in a pair of trackies excitedly planning an early night. Or putting on a predictable chick flick with a drop of wine … Read more →

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'Buzzy atmosphere, feel-good music and attractively laid back interior'

RustiKo

Restaurant open Mon–Sat midday–10.30pm, Sun midday–10pm; bar open Sun–Wed midday–11pm, Thu midday–midnight, Fri–Sat midday–1am

The blurb

‘Situated in the heart of Old Compton Street, RustiKo embodies the vintage Soho experience. Independent, quirky, candle-lit interior and a funky blues playlist.’

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