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Destination Staycation: Italy

From expansive vineyards in Tuscany to the Amalfi coast, Italy is not only stunningly beautiful, but it’s also home to some of the world’s finest cuisine. Many Italians have immigrated to London and in doing so, have brought along their knowledge and culture. Take advantage of all that Italy has shared with London.


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Italians take their coffee seriously; the first espresso machine was even invented in Italy. In keeping with Italian tradition, be sure to stop by a coffee “bar” that’s well versed in the art of coffee making. We suggest ducking into bakery and restaurant Princi in Soho to be wowed by their seriously delicious coffee (and the pizza isn’t too shabby either). The vibe is cozy and rather informal so you can check it out on the fly.

Address: 135 Wardour St, Soho


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With so many Italian restaurants in London, choosing one can seem overwhelming; here we’ve done some of the leg work for you. Burro e Salvia, with two locations both in Shoreditch and East Dulwich, combines top rated food, atmosphere and reasonable prices. While sitting down to enjoy your meal, you can watch the Sfoglina (Pasta Maker) working his magic to bring you the freshest pasta. Another place you should be sure to check out is Padella, which has been rated as one of the top 100 UK restaurants. The food at this London Bridge eatery is priced well and delicious (but be wary of the queue because Padella works on a first come, first served basis).

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In the past few years, gelaterias have been popping up all around London, and what’s more Italian than Gelato? 3Bis in the heart of Borough Market relies on quality ingredients and authentic technique to bring you Italy’s finest in a wide array of flavours (and speciality items such as the Chocoshot seen above). 3Bis London was started after the owners of 3Bis in Remini, Italy, decided to expand their business and a plethora of rave reviews prove the London location is just as good. With all the hot weather in London recently, a quick trip to 3Bis is the perfect way to cool off.


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Bruschetta always evokes thoughts of summer when tomatoes are at their freshest. Hundreds of years ago bruschetta was invented to add flavour to the traditionally saltless bread found in Italy. Today, it is usually served as antipasti and would pair wonderfully with a dry rosé or crisp white after a long day at work. Don’t be intimidated, the recipe takes only a few minutes!

Bruschetta Recipe

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This October, take part in an Italian themed supper club and put your culinary skills to good use. The menu consists of Butternut Squash and Gruyere Ravioli with Butter Sauce and Shaved Parmesan. There’s also the “Welcome Italia” event focused on celebrating Italian food and beverages with free entry upon registration. It’s sure to be a pleasant evening; expect all good things Italian.

Something to look forward to, right?!

Sign up:

Italian Supper Club Tickets

Italian Food Festival RSVP