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The Best Italian Restaurants in Covent Garden

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Updated: 27 June 2017
From sleek, high-end establishments to traditional, rustic joints serving regional specialities, Covent Garden is packed with Italian restaurants. When you get a craving for authentic Italian food, these are the places to go.

Sartori

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Southern Italian food is the speciality at Sartori, with even the chefs coming from Naples. Their metre-long wood fired pizzas are rightly popular, but they have a long menu that’s packed with Italian classics and regional Italian wines.

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Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Monmouth Kitchen

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Italian, Peruvian, $$$
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Italy meets Peru at Monmouth Kitchen, located on the ground floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel. The menu is actually split right down the middle, so you can chop and change between antipasti, pizza, risotto, ceviche, tacos and anticuchos. The mix extends to the cocktails, with pisco sours sharing space with bellinis.

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Sun - Wed:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thu - Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Relaxed

Four To Eight

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Split over two floors, Four To Eight offers up both a relaxed dining experience in the spacious main room and a more intimate atmosphere in the basement area. The food is a mixture of classic and contemporary Italian, meaning there are dishes like BBQ octopus with black garlic mayo and fennel and cod fillet tempura with romesco, as well as more traditional pastas. There is also an eight-course tasting menu if you feel like pushing the boat out. Don’t skip the wines though, Four To Eight has over 130 bins on offer, with a large selection available by the glass.

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Mon - Sat:
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
Sun:
11:45 am - 11:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Modern, Relaxed

Orso

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Housed in a former orchid warehouse, Orso has been serving authentic Italian fare to the West End since 1985. The décor, designed to evoke 1950s Milan, is simple but beautiful, just like the food. It’s not an exhaustive menu, there are only two pizzas and a handful of pastas but a well edited selection of dishes can showcase the best Italian produce.

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Café Murano Covent Garden

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Cousin to Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-starred Murano and little sister to the branch in St James’s, Café Murano Covent Garden may be the most laidback in the family, but the cooking remains at a very high level. The focus is on flavours from the north of Italy, with the kitchen showing just how good uncomplicated Italian food, like tomato panzanella, sausage ragu and grilled tuna with pistachio and mint pesto can be. The place has a buzzy atmosphere but you don’t feel rushed by the service either, so you can really linger over those excellent plates of food.

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Relaxed

Margot

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Although it only opened in late 2016, Margot has firmly established itself on the Covent Garden dining scene thanks to its grand atmosphere and old-school service. It’s on the pricier side but you can definitely see where your money is going with a great selection of cured meats, carpaccios and tartares, as well as rich dishes like red mullet with burrata sauce, baked veal ossobuco and fish ravioli with bottarga. With over 350 wines on their list, it’s easy for the bill to rack up.

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Mon - Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri:
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sun:
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Gourmet

San Carlo Cicchetti Covent Garden

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Like at the original San Carlo Cicchetti in Piccadilly, the menu at the Covent Garden branch is based around cicchetti, the Venetian take on small plates. There is a broad selection of dishes as the menus at San Carlo restaurants are famously large, so you’ll have a hard time choosing. With its sweeping marble bar, it’s also a great place to drop in for a glass of wine.

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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Modern, Relaxed

Augustus Harris

Wine Bar, Cafe, Italian, $$$
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Named after the manager of the Drury Lane Theatre in the late 19th century who was famous for enjoying his food and drink, Augustus Harris brings the Venetian bacari – places where people would meet to drink wine, share snacks and socialise – to Covent Garden. It’s a cross between a coffee shop and wine bar, serving cicchetti, crostini, salumi, cheese and of course, Italian wine and coffee, with sandwiches available to take away at lunchtime.

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Mon:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Vico

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Given its location in the heart of theatreland and its excellent value Southern Italian food, it’s no surprise that Vico is always bustling. The handcrafted indoor fountain and open kitchen only add to the atmosphere. There are a variety of small plates to choose from but Vico excels when it comes to fried food, especially their signature Lasagnacino. Don’t skip dessert either as they have treats from Gelupo.

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Mon - Tue:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed - Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed - Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Polpo Covent Garden

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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After opening in Soho in 2009, there are six outposts of Polpo in London and it’s become a firm favourite having won the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for the past six years. The Covent Garden site has the same signature shabby-chic décor as the others but it also has a larger bar, so you can have a glass of wine or a spritz whilst queuing for a table – no reservations here. It’s a Venetian inspired sharing menu, with their array of meatballs particularly standing out.

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Da Mario

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Run by Italian couple Maria and Corrado, Da Mario is an understated restaurant that cooks up Italian classics, including a wide variety of pastas and meat dishes. It’s small and simple but has that convivial atmosphere that you only get from family-run joints.

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Mon - Fri:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Fri:
5:30 pm - 11:15 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:15 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Traditional

Li Veli Winery & Bistro

Deli, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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This winery and bistro specialises in food from the Puglia region of Italy. The dishes are simple and rustic, showcasing the quality produce of the area, like olive oil, broad beans and burrata. The wine list features bottles from across the country as well as varieties from the Li Veli winery in Salento. If you stumble across one you particularly like, you can buy bottles to take home.

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Mon - Thu:
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed