Italian is one of the most popular cuisines in the UK, with lots of authentic restaurants across the country it can often be hard to pick one. The Italian food is so colourful and full of flavour, it can be fantastically rustic, brilliantly refined or simply elegant.Today we are going to go through some of the best Italian restaurants the UK has to offer.
L’Anima is an award winning London restaurant serving the finest contemporary Italian cuisine. The menu is full of beautiful Italian dishes from chef Francesco Mazzei. Enjoy dishes a wide range of dishes from diver Scallop with a Courgette Flower stuffed with baccala anchovy sauce & chill jam to spaghetti chitarra with native lobster, herbs and fennel seeds. The stunning menu and refined atmosphere is what gains L’Anima a place in our list of Top Italian Restaurants.
Another London based Italian restaurant, Locanda Locatelli is a regular hangout for celebs and it’s not hard to see why. The Michelin-starred restaurant is run by celebrity chef Giorgo Locatelli who has created a menu of stunning Italian dishes, the menu includes Barolo and cheese risotto, basil crusted pan fried fillet of plaice with potato, black olive and tomato sauce and there are also a wide range of classic Italian desserts on offer. However this restaurant comes with a very serious warning for whoever will be footing the bill!
Moving down to Bristol this family-run restaurants showcases the best of Italian cooking with hints of Spanish and French influences. The restaurant offers 5 and 8 course fine dining menus that are bound to leave an impression, dishes include classic tomato + mozzarella salads as well as duck carrot & fennel. The décor is simple and pleasant; all in all Casamia offers a lovely dining experience sure to please even the most critical of dinners.
Next on our list of best UK Italian restaurants is Palmiro, an authentic Italian restaurant based in Manchester. The no frills menu delivers Italian classics that are bursting with flavour, sure to leave you satisfied. From the simple ribeye with earthy roasted root vegetables to the more innovative dishes such as the duck tagliatelle, there is something for everyone. The décor perfectly matches the food and is charmingly simplistic, making this little Italian a favourite for locals and visitors alike.
La Parmigiana is said to be the oldest Italian restaurant in Glasgow and has built up a reputation as one of the finest Italian restaurants in the country. The atmosphere is extremely cosy and welcoming, exactly what you would expect from an authentic Italian. The dishes are immaculately presented and the menu includes dishes such as Lobster ravioli, escallops of veal and seafood risotto.
So there we have it, our list of top Italian restaurants in the UK. Whether you are in the south, north or centre of the UK there is sure to be a stunning little Italian near by for you.
Ben writes about restaurants and travel, he loves to experience different cuisines.