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Italian food in London

torontobelly Jul 17, 2012 08:14 AM

Are there any good Italian restaurants near the Sofitel St James hotel? Thanks!

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    StayThirsty RE: torontobelly Jul 17, 2012 10:33 AM

    There are several. Depending on your budget, meal time, tastes etc., I suggest one of the following: a) Bocca di Lupo; b) Locanda Locatelli; c) Carluccio's; or d) Little Italy. Bocca is the best of the bunch, but also the most expensive. Reservations are a must, although if you don't mind sitting at the bar (more fun in this instance), they are considerably more flexible. If you go, make sure to hit the Gelato place across the road which is under the same ownership. Locanda is a very close second and is more relaxed and slightly less crowded. Carluccio's is a chain and is fine for basic pasta and sandwickes etc. It's not gourmat by any stretch, but the proce is right and is great if you are dining with small children. Finally, Little Italy is really more of a bakery/coffee bar, but it has a great vibe and is a bit of a Soho institution. If you are in the market for good Italian food products (probably no big deal if as your name implies, you are visiting from TO...then be sure to check out Lina Stores and i Camisa & Son. they are both in the heart of the theatre district about 150 feet from each other. Lot's of other option if you are willing to venture to another neighbourhood, but this should get you started.

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      torontobelly RE: StayThirsty Jul 17, 2012 01:27 PM

      Thanks very much! Carluccio's looks like it will fit the bill for us.

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        mjgauer RE: StayThirsty Jul 18, 2012 01:36 AM

        Good shout on Bocca di Lupo though please note there is absolutely no way it is more expensive than Locanda Locatelli. A meal at BdL normally sets me back £35-45 with modest wine. Locatelli would be twice that easily.

        Also a good shout on Lina

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        Harters RE: torontobelly Jul 17, 2012 11:58 AM

        I'm assuming the OP's home location is indicated by the username. My recollection of my one visit to Toronto is that there's good Italian food to be had there and I'm curious to know why s/he is looking for it here (when we don't have a particularly good rep. for Italian food in the UK).

        Having waited for, literally, years to tie in a trip to London with scoring a table at Locanda, I was seriously underwhelmed by the experience and not a little pissed off.

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          torontobelly RE: Harters Jul 17, 2012 01:24 PM

          Hi Harters. I agree - Toronto has fantastic Italian food. The reason for my request is that I am travelling with my extremely picky teenage daughter who will only eat pizza (margherita only) or pasta (pomodoro only). I thought it would be nice if I brought her to one place where she would actually eat something besides bread. In exchange, she has promised to indulge me with at least two Indian and/or Pakistani meals without whining.

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            Harters RE: torontobelly Jul 17, 2012 02:45 PM

            I reckon you've reached a good deal with the daughter.

            Carluccio's will definitely do you fine - there are not many outside of the south east but we have a couple near where I am. I find them much better than most of the local independent Italian offerings.

            Take full advantage of the deal with the daughter and try Moti Mahal as one of your Indians.

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              torontobelly RE: Harters Jul 17, 2012 05:24 PM

              Sounds good. Is there a good place for dosa in London?

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                zuriga1 RE: torontobelly Jul 17, 2012 10:55 PM

                I thought the dosa at Woodlands was quite good, although I am not an expert on dosa and don't usually eat it when we go out for Indian food. I also agree that Carluccio's is not bad at all for a bowl of pasta that won't break the bank. I'm not sure if it's on the menu at Dishoom because I haven't been there in a long time, but it's a fun place to try.


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                  ShekhaV RE: zuriga1 Jul 31, 2012 06:12 AM

                  Seconded with Woodlands - solid dosa, consistently good. The other Dosa places I Would be tempted to recommend are much further out of the way.

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