If you are looking for a hearty vegetarian option classic Italian cuisine never fails to satisfy. London’s Italian scene has something for everyone. Whether you are in search of a rustic plate of pasta, traditional pizzerias or fine-dining, here is our guide to the best places for excellent plant-based Italian dishes.
Soho’s favourite all-day eatery, Princi’s long display counter full of salads, sandwiches and pizzas is a crowd pleaser. If you are in need of something easy and versatile indulge yourself in Princi’s vegetarian salads prepared with exceptional ingredients.
A stylishly small pasta bar above the fold; serving fresh, hand rolled pasta with delicious sauces and fillings. If you have a bit more time to indulge, try Padella's sister restaurant Trullo, an excellent neighbourhood Italian in Islington.
If you are after a care-free lunch, this chic - but not over the top - Italian is a good option. From antipasti to dessert Manicomio restaurants in the City and Chelsea offer a separate vegan menu alongside their mainstream menu which also happens to be vegetarian friendly.
Tucked in a tiny alley in Knightsbridge, Signor Sassi is great for traditional antipasti served by nonnos in massive portions.
Their appreciation of great ingredients means that the vegetarian options are every bit as enticing as meat dishes. At Artusi, the confidently simple menu leaves you with an impression they know what they’re doing.
Part of the cool Soho House Group, Cecconi’s serves North Italian dishes in a Ilse Crawford designed setting. Food is simple more than imaginative but menu has a separate plant-based section offering a refreshingly light chilled tomato soup and risotto verde. In addition to the flagship restaurant in Mayfair, Cecconi’s has outposts in The Ned and Shoreditch.
Lardo is a modern Italian restaurant with a hipster touch in Hackney. Pizza from Lardo’s wood-fired oven is so delicious that they had to open in a separate location just for pizza deliveries. What we like about Lardo is their simple menu and small vegetarian plates to share..
From romantic creative couple on their first date, to a group of mid-40 somethings in suits, Luca seems to impress many. If you are in the business to impress, don't hesitate to book a table. Luca is owned by the team behind multi-award winning, Michelin starred The Clove Club.