Many of us love the infamous Lady and the Tramp moment where their lips meet for a surprise kiss at the end of a piece of spaghetti! In reality though, maintaining a sense of dignity while eating spaghetti is easier said than done. But fear not. We’ve compiled a fantastic guide to the best Italian date restaurants that London has to offer; so if spaghetti’s not your thing, you’ll have plenty of other tasty options to choose from.
Enoteca Turi – 28 Putney High Street, SW15 1SQ
The epitome of fine dining, Enoteca Turi is a remarkable Italian restaurant for a date in London. The menu has a great selection of delectable dishes, from cuttlefish in white wine to lobster ravioli. Earth-toned and calm in décor, Enoteca Turi exudes a relaxed ambience throughout, providing the perfect environment in which to dine with your date.
500 Restaurant – 782 Holloway Road, N19 3JH
Who said dating has to be fancy and expensive? Venture a little north of central London and you’ll discover the cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant, 500 Restaurant. This cosy venue is a real favourite with locals, and not without good reason. Simple in design, the atmosphere in 500 Restaurant is buzzy and warm, so you and your date are sure to soon feel more at ease as you tuck into the hearty Italian meals.
Salt Yard – 54 Goodge Street, W1T 4NA
Tucked away around the corner from London’s famous Theatreland district, Salt Yard is a relatively safe bet if you’re looking to impress your date with some fancy Italian cuisine. Late afternoons in this Italian restaurant present an ideal opportunity to perch at the bar and sip on aperitifs, while the evenings are more vibrant, with disco tunes and the pleasant hubbub of drinkers and diners having a good time. With indulgently rich and flavoursome Italian dishes, a sophisticated yet rustic décor and a great vibe, Salt Yard is perfect for those who like to dine in style.
Franco Manca – 4 Market Row, Electric Lane, SW9 8LD
Transporting you from Brixton, London to the heart of rural Italy, Franco Manca pays homage to its Italian roots with rustic furnishings and an authentic brick oven. Perfect for diners who like simple yet sumptuous foods, Franco Manca serves up a tasty array of sourdough-crust pizzas, topped with locally sourced meats, vegetables and cheeses. If you can’t decide what to order, why not pick a pizza each and swap a couple of slices?
For more date ideas, head back to our London dating page.