There are lots of good Italian restaurants in London, but there aren’t that many worth travelling too far to get to. Rotorino isn’t a destination, but it’s a really useful restaurant if you’re in and around Dalston. The pastas are tasty enough, and the sauces switch fairly regularly. It’s the kind of place where you can comfortably sit at the bar on your own with a plate of pasta. Plus, Sunday through Friday they offer a two courses for £15 deal.
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P Franco is a Clapton wine shop that hosts guest chefs who serve stunning small plates to neighbourhood regulars. You want to be a regular.
Martello Hall is an great bar-meets-pizza restaurant on Mare Street in Hackney. Bring your mates at the weekend, or visit it late night.
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Alpino is an old-school caff in Islington that serves enormous breakfasts and lunchtime pastas. And all at crazy low prices.
Macellaio RC Union Street
Macellaio serves incredible Italian-style steaks from Piedmont, and nice pastas, too. It’s definitely worth it for a splurge.
Bancone is an affordable, pasta specialist in Covent Garden. It’s perfect for almost any dinner situation you can dream up.
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