Italian Restaurants and Pizzeria


Assunta Madre – Italian fish dishes are the focus of this cream-and-wood dining room modelled on the Roman original. Quite a formal restaurant – must let them know if you’re bringing a dog – preferably not large and must be quiet! 9-10 Blenheim Street, Mayfair, London.

Bacchus Lounge – A contemporary restaurant in the heart of Chelsea serving authentic Italian. Busy and lively in the evenings, great bar – from 4pm onwards every day – have an Italian Aperitivo! Fab place to stop after the cinema on Fulham Road, except you need to go home and get your dog(s). 154 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9PR

Bernardi’s – Italian food & drinks in a polished, bi-level digs with a basement bar & terrace. 62 Seymour St, London W1H 5BN Tel. 020 3826 7940

Brutti & Boni Bottega Contemporanea – More of a deli serving Tuscany’s food and wine. We stop by often on our walk home from the park – to speak some Italian and flirt with the guys. 14 Gloucester Rd, London SW7 4RB

Cacciari’s – Classic and modern Italian dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Close to South Kensington tube station.82 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3LQ

Chelsea Cellar – Relaxed wine cellar in Chelsea serving simple delicious Italian food and great. 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ

Chucs – An intimate, all-day restaurant serving breakfasts to to dinner. This is an off-shoot of the original Mayfair 50s-style menswear boutique and restaurant and café concept on Dover Street. Chucs menswear collection is also housed on the ground floor of the venue. But when I asked them if it is an Italian restaurant, they rather be classified as Modern Cuisine (apologies for listing it here). 226 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH (We have listed Chucs Mayfair in Outdoor/Al fresco Dining.)

Cibo – Elegantly upmarket Italian dishes, plenty of seafood with Sunday lunch menu and private dining. 3 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ (To be trialed soon!)

Da Mario – Simple Italian trattoria open since 1972. 15 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4PP

Daphne’s Restaurant – An Italian mainstay in South Kensington/Chelsea, known for people-watching and classic cuisine. Nice to go on occasions, reliable for good food and feeling special. Dogs allowed only in the conservatory for lunch time 12-15pm. 112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE IMG_2424Elistano – Contemporary Italian and European food served in a relaxed neighbourhood atmosphere. 25-27 Elystan St, Chelsea Green, London SW3 3NT

Franco’s – Upscale Italian restaurant for all-day haute dining amid elegant old-world interiors. Situated at the St James’s end of Jermyn Street, Franco’s has been serving the community from early morning to late at night for over 60 years. Rumoured to be London’s first Italian restaurant. Very much a business clientele during the day. Haven’t been in the evenings so not sure what happens then. 61 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6LX

Frantoio – Family-run restaurant with white tablecloths serving classic Italian cuisine. An institution along the King’s Road towards World’s End. The owner who is more English than Italina would at times would break into song! 397 King’s Rd, London SW10 0LR

Fucina – Situated in the heart of Marylebone. An Italian restaurant that sources the best organic produce to create their menu of wood-fired pizza, roasted meats, elegantly plated pasta. The stylish and cavern-like space with coloured glass panes and a warped brick ceiling is supposed to conjure up the look of a brick oven’s interior.. 22 Paddington St, Marylebone, London W1U 5QR

GastroVino & Bar8 – A collaboration between Italian spirits expert and the best of Italian delicacies. 257 King’s Rd, Westminster, Chelsea and Knightsbridge SW3 5EL,

GOAT – Formerly a well-known pub in Chelsea which has been transformed into a New York-Italian restaurant & lounge bar. Manager is dog-crazy, the dogs get all the attention. They also have a kid’s club on Sundays – so good for the family outing. 333 Fulham Rd, London, SW10 9 QLIMG_6022-1(At GOAT, Darcy looking on with great envy at Sasha’s pizza)

Il Baretto – A basement Italian restaurant below a ground floor bar offering an extensive wine list and cocktails. 43 Blandford St, London W1U 7HF (To be trialed soon!)

J Pizzeria & Cucina Italiana – Serving an extensive menu of creative and traditional pizzas and pastas. 148 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 8XN

La Pizzeria – pizzas of course, inside and outside seating available, very casual. At Chelsea Farmers Market 125 Sydney Street, London SW3 6NR. Chelsea

Lucio – Italian staples in a simple, bustling dining room with fixed-price menus at lunchtime. Family owned and the whole family is there to greet you. Always see someone famous in there, especially their cockapoo, Coco. 257-259 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HYunnamed (7)(Greeted by Lucio. Photo courtesy of

Made in Italy – Rustic restaurant serving thin crust pizza by the metre on wooden sharing boards, with roof terrace. We sat up on the terrace – what fun – before the rain came. There are at least three “Made in Italy” in London, but we’ve only been to the one on King’s Road. 249 King’s Rd, London SW

Manicomo Chelsea – At the Duke of York Square along the row of restaurants, it’s modern Italian with an outdoor terrace serving upscale takes on classic recipes. The Duke Of York Square, 83-85 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY (outdoor seating)

Numero 28 – Casual chain restaurant specializing in wood-fired, Neapolitan pizza, plus classic Italian dishes. The Numero 28 special is the best pizza I’ve ever had. 184 Kensington Park Rd, London, UK W11 2ES

Ottoemezzo Cafe/Pizzeria – All-day cosy (crammed) Italian cafe with vintage movie posters and colourful fabrics. Good basic Italian. 2-4 Thackeray St, Kensington, London W8 5ET. The restaurant next door, Locando Ottomezzo, is a rarity for an Italian restaurant – NO DOGS! Asked them why. Because. Because? We don’t allow.

Pellicano – Intimate trattoria with a menu of Italian/Sardinian dishes and outside tables under an awning. 19-21 Elystan St, London SW3 3NT

Picolo Cucina – Classic Italian menu of fresh, first- course pastas, and flavourful, second-course meat. Amazing fresh calamari. 186 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2ES,

Polpo – A bàcaro, Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving small plates/simple food and good, young local wines. You can sit both inside or outside. 81 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY. There are nine other locations in London – another near Regent Street which comes in handy when out and about shopping.

Riccardo – Home-style Tuscan sharing dishes. They remember your birthdays! 126 Fulham Rd, London SW3 6HU

Vini Italiani – Wine shop which also serves simple tasty offerings in the lower level … and the dogs get to check out the wines! At 72 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3LQ

Zafferano – Sophisticated Italian cuisine served in an exposed brick dining room with striped banquettes. But dining with dogs is outside covered seating seating totally sheltered and heated. Perfectly fine under most conditions. 15 Lowndes St, London SW1X 9EY

Ziani – Neighbourhood Italian restaurant on a quiet street. Small space but we managed. 45 Radnor Walk, London SW3 4BP