Mario’s (est. 1958 but with some name-changes along the way) is the king of Kentish Town’s old-school greasy spoons and a home-style Italian restaurant. The menu’s nothing fancy, just large servings of well-cooked food at ridiculously low prices – if you spent £10 on food here, we’d actually be worried. Penne, lasagne, and toasted sandwiches are strong points, and the breakfasts are better and cheaper than a lot of the local competition.
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Bear + Wolf
Meeting a friend and their kids in Kentish Town? The Bear and Wolf cafe should be top of your list. There’s even a play room at the back.
Junction Tavern is a Kentish Town gastropub that takes both the gastro and the pub parts of the label seriously.
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Macellaio RC Union Street
Macellaio serves incredible Italian-style steaks from Piedmont, and nice pastas, too. It’s definitely worth it for a splurge.
Luigi's is an excellent Italian deli in Chelsea, selling ham, cheese, wine, sandwiches, and a huge range of pastas and salads sold by the kilo.
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.
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