There will come a time in your life where, through no fault of your own, you will have to organise dinner in Kensington for your friends who live in East London. It may seem like an impossible feat to find somewhere that’s nice, but also not too pricey, not too stuffy, not too polished, and not too well, er, ‘West London’. Thanks to Locanda Ottomezzo, a neighbourhood Italian restaurant with Italian movie memorabilia on the walls and actual Italians in the seats, planning this dinner is not impossible. This isn’t the finest of Italian restaurants, but it gets the job done, and there’s some theatre in the form of the risotto which comes to your table in a cheese wheel, mixed, and then served onto your plate. Locanda is great for any occasion, but it’s best for a small group dinner where you can also share a few bottles from their excellent wine list.
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Enoteca Rosso is a classy spot for wine, charcuterie and Italian food on Kensington High Street.
Maggie Jones’s is a romantic, character-filled restaurant off Kensington High Street, serving a menu of excellent quality British food.
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Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
Located in the epic lobby of the new Ned hotel in the City, Cecconi’s is a posh Italian restaurant that has the business lunch crowd locked down.
Norma is a sophisticated-looking spot in Fitzrovia, that serves Sicilian-influenced food that is often disappointing.
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