You don’t come to Bar Italia because it’s the best place for an espresso or a cannoli (it isn’t), or because it’s cheap (it isn’t). You come here for the atmosphere and camaraderie, the late night buzz (it’s open until 5am) and the people-watching, and to aimlessly yell at the TV when Italian football’s being played. It takes all the intangibles of Soho - everything that makes this confusing maze of streets in central London so great - and puts them all in one place. Like the French House pub a couple of streets away, everyone passes through here at one point or another. It’s an institution - treat it like one.
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10 Greek Street
10 Greek Street is one of the original ‘farm-to-table’ restaurants in London, focusing on Mediterranean influenced cuisine.
The French House
The French House is a legendary Soho drinking institution that serves simple classics in its upstairs dining room.
Dum Biryani is a Indian restaurant in a Soho basement. It’s actually a lot more fun than it sounds, and besides the biryani don’t miss the starters.
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Locanda Ottomezzo is a neighbourhood Italian restaurant with Italian movie memorabilia on the walls, good food and an excellent wine list.
Margot is a high end Italian restaurant in Covent Garden, delivering a distinctly average experience.
Quartieri is an excellent Naples-style pizza in Kilburn, with a spicy diavola pizza that you definitely need to try.
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