Verdi’s is an excellent neighbourhood Italian a few steps away from Stepney Green tube. The restaurant is a relaxed, family-run gem, specialising in food from the Emilia-Romagna region (where basically the best stuff comes from). So think classic pappardelle bolognese, pizzas, and a properly-made tiramisu that’ll make you very happy. It’s a low-key move for when you just want good, straightforward food, and there’s warmth and ambience that would pack people in, even if the restaurant was in central London.
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Sichuan Folk is a tasty and inexpensive old school Chinese restaurant just off Brick Lane.
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta at St. Katherine Docks is a good back-pocket spot for one of those rare sunny days when you want to eat by the water.
Rinkoff’s is an old school bakery in Whitechapel making delicious challah and bagels worth stocking up on.
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Ciao Bella in Bloomsbury is an old school Italian restaurant where the spaghetti doesn’t matter as much as the story you’re listening to.
Bocca Di Lupo
If you want to know where to find the best Italian food in Soho is, it’s at Bocca di Lupo.
Stampa is a straightforward Italian café and restaurant serving good quality and low cost handmade pasta and paninis.
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