• Lina Stores expands its pasta empire to The City and Marylebone

    Lina Stores expands its pasta empire into Clapham, The City and maybe Marylebone with two (possibly three!) new site

    18/05/21 - updated with Marylebone opening date

    Fans of Lina Stores, the distinctive pistachio-green pasta restaurant and deli, are being rewarded with a couple of new openings. 

    First up (and open now), Lina Stores City has taken over the Bloomberg Arcade site that was previously

  • Palazzo in Crystal Palace is an Italian bar and diner from the Made of Dough boys

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    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    If you're a Crystal Palace resident wondering what's happening at the old Church Grill site on Church Road, well we have news for you. The space has been taken over by the team behind pizzeria Made of Dough and will reopen as Palazzo - an all-day Italian bar and diner.

    Music is going to be at the heart of this new SE19 place. They'll have a record library and a regularly changing DJ

  • The Big Mamma Group hits up Kensington High Street for their next restaurant

    big mamma group kensington restaurant london

    It's been more than six months since they last opened a crazy old restaurant in London (Ave Mario) so of course the Big Mamma Group are already working on the next big place.

    According to trade title Propel, they're focusing their next efforts on Kensington High Street, taking over

  • The best pizzas and pizzerias in London - where to find them (or get them delivered)

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    London's pizza game is STRONG. For the pick of the crop, including delivery options, check out our roundup.

  • Cantinetta Antinori comes to London with Florentine T-bones and fine wines

    Cantinetta Antinori opening in London

    The Antinori family are arguably the most famous name in Italian wines, so it's fair to expect that their upcoming London restaurant will have a pretty decent wine list. Cantinetta Antinori will be an interesting team-up in Knightsbridge between the Italian winemakers and the Monaco family - the Giraudis - who opened Le Petit Beefbar in London last year.

    The restaurant, just off Sloane Street, will be the

  • Cicchetti is coming to Knightsbridge

    Chichetti is coming to Knightsbridge

    San Carlo already have two Cicchettis in London (and a few more restaurants too) and now they're gearing up for a third - this time in Knightsbridge. 

    As with their previous restaurants, it'll all centre around "contemporary Italian dining" with fresh pasta dishes, pizza, fish and meat-focused "carne" plates alongside a selection of fritti dishes. Here's a taste from their current

  • Margot

    High-end Italian in Covent Garden

  • Ave Mario

    Big Mamma's Covent Garden Italian

  • Emilia's Crafted Pasta is opening in Canary Wharf's Wood Wharf

    Emilia's Crafted pasta gets ready to open its third restaurant, this time in the new Canary Wharf development Wood Wharf. Expect their much-loved fresh pasta dishes, new snacks, a bar with tabletop games and lots more...

    Emilia's Crafted pasta gets ready to open its third restaurant, this time in the new Canary Wharf development Wood Wharf. Expect their much-loved fresh pasta dishes, new snacks, a bar with tabletop games and lots more...

  • San Carlo have opened Isola in St Christopher's Place, and it's a looker

    isola restaurant st christophers place london

    St Christopher's Place has upgraded its Italian restaurant offering. Taking over the space long held by Carluccios is Isola. It's the latest opening from the San Carlo Group (who run Alto on the rooftop at Selfridges and Signor Sassi Knightsbridge and Cicchetti Piccadilly among others).

    Billed as a Sicilian Grand Café they've gone all out with the interiors bringing in design company Fettle who were

  • Test Driving Il Borro London - a Tuscan bistro Mayfair-style


    The Ferragamo family have brought their Tuscan bistro to the heart of Mayfair. We went along for cocktails and pasta. 

  • Manteca's new home is in Shoreditch, bringing along their Italian/British menu

    Manteca is coming to Shoreditch with their Italian/British menu

    25/10 - Updated with the opening date.

    They've been big in Soho and now David Carter and Chris Leach's Manteca is moving to Shoreditch. They're taking over an old Pizza Express site on Curtain Road (very close to Carter's own Smokestak). 

    Manteca has Chris Leach at the helm and originally started life as ...

  • The best pasta restaurants in London


    London's pasta scene could not be hotter right now - with everywhere from no reservation spots to fine dining restaurants doing great business. We pick out the best pasta to be had in the city.

  • Clapham's Studio Voltaire is reopening with a new café from Italian Supper Club

    Clapham's Studio Voltaire is reopening with an Italian Café

    Clapham art gallery Studio Voltaire is reopening after a major £2.8 million redevelopment and as part of that, they're also launching a brand new cafe. Called The Café at Studio Voltaire (yes, that's fairly on the nose).

    It'll be run by the people behind Italian Supper Club (who are also behind Da Henrietta at the Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden). They'll be running a seasonal menu

  • Test Driving Trattoria Brutto - Russell Norman's ode to Florence is a winner


    Russell Norman, the man who brought us Polpo, is back with a brand new place in Farringdon that's influenced by the restaurants of Florence. We went down for an early look.  

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