London, the bustling metropolis on the banks of the River Thames, is a global melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and traditions. Amidst the diverse culinary landscape of the city, Italian cuisine has undoubtedly left an indelible mark. From mouthwatering pizzas to aromatic espressos, Italian food has found a home in London, thanks to its authenticity and deliciousness.
On the 19th of September, during the prestigious event “The Italian Show,” the Guide “100per100 Italian Food in London” was presented by I Love Italian Food, offering a curated selection of London’s best Italian dining establishments.
It has been created, not directly by I Love Italian Food, but with the help and support of more than 100 expats, F&B professionals living in London who’s have been asked to vote the locations that are most Italian, 100% Italian. The ones that have been voted the most are on this guide.
The guide covers three essential categories: Restaurants, Pizza, and Espresso.
The three categories
100per100 Italian Restaurant
London’s Italian restaurants are not just places to eat; they are a voyage to Italy itself. The 100per100 Italian Food Guide presents a handpicked selection of restaurants that embody the spirit of Italy. These establishments go beyond just serving food; they create an immersive Italian experience. From the romantic ambiance of candlelit trattorias to the sophistication of upscale ristorantes, this guide covers it all.
100per100 Italian Pizza
Pizza, a quintessential Italian creation, has conquered the hearts of Londoners. The 100per100 Italian Food Guide celebrates the pizzerias that have perfected the art of crafting that crispy yet chewy crust and topping it with the finest ingredients.
100per100 Italian Espresso
No Italian dining experience is complete without a cup of espresso, and Londoners know it well. The 100per100 Italian Food Guide explores the cafes that serve the perfect espresso, capturing the essence of Italy’s coffee culture.
“We are so thrilled to present this project in London for the very first time. The 100per100 Italian Food Guide is a testament to London’s love affair with Italian cuisine. It encapsulates the essence of Italy’s culinary traditions, from the richness of its restaurants to the simplicity of a perfect pizza and the depth of a well-brewed espresso. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this guide is your passport to a delectable Italian journey through London’s vibrant food scene.” says Alessandro Schiatti, President of I Love Italian Food.
Also on stage for the awarding of the guide and the 100per100 Italian certificates were some of the best-known names in Italian dining in London: Roberto Costa (Macellaio RC), Giancarlo Caldesi (Caldesi in Marylebon), the Big Mamma group, Niclas Vaporidis (Trattoria Trastevere), Stefano Calvagna (Ci Tua! Osteria Romana), Rino Bono (Locanda Locatelli), Michele Pascarella (Napoli on the road), Antonio Polledri (Bar Italia).