That’s Amore: 5 Italian Favourites

Say bye to Movember and hi to Lovember! Well, who wants to snog a hairy slug, when you can suck each end of the linguine and meet in the middle? Don’t answer that; not before you’ve sampled la dolce vita in some top Italian picks, courtesy of the ENTERTAINER


Choose from two versions of this urban-chic favourite, both nestling by the river. Okay, Thames barges don’t quite cut it like a gondola, but your taste buds will transport you to Venice via classic pastas, traditional risottos and unusual pizzas. They’ve even come up with an Italian burger. Bellissimo.


This stylish and elegant city restaurant is the jewel in the Crowne Plaza, Blackfriars. Not only does it offer superb à la carte, featuring fresh pasta that is made from scratch every day, but they also have a range of authentic regional menus; making it ideal for buzzing groups and extravagant work dos. A real treat.


Hiding behind the Natural History Museum is a little piece of Sicily. In a cute and cosy space, Iddu combines the passionate flavours of the Italian isle with some healthy kicks of quinoa and kale. For the more trad palate, there’s also a wicked caponata on offer, plus a range of zingy Sicialian sweets and even live music every Tuesday!

Enoteca Rabezzana

Enoteca means ‘wine store’ and this cool Smithfield hangout hardly disappoints, with over a hundred vintages on offer in relaxed stripped-back surroundings. To keep you walking straight, there’s also a classy cucina, serving up a delicious selection of Italian tapas.


If you like your Italian fun and funky then Beboz is right up your strada. This buzzy ‘build your own’ lunchtime favourite invites the punter to select a base, add a filling and adorn with toppings. Such invention gives the city-slickers of Holborn Viaduct an endless combination of authentic pastas, wraps and salads to savour. Join them if you’re passing.

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Amanda Rosowski