• The Italians wine bar and bistro heads to Marylebone's Devonshire Street

    the italians marylebone wine bar and bistro

    The team behind Chiswick deli and pizzeria, The Italians, are preparing for a Marylebone opening this winter. The Italians' new home on Devonshire Street will be a wine bar and bistro.

    As with their Chiswick site, the key thing will be the sourcing of top drawer Italian food and drink. The all Italian wine list will change seasonally and there'll be loads available by the glass. They'll be baking focaccia fresh in-house

  • Arenella is the new Italian restaurant at Islington's Chapel Bar

    Arenella is the new Italian restaurant at Islington's Chapel Bar

    Islington's Chapel Bar, most recently a private-hire space, is about to open a new restaurant for autumn. Called Arenella, it's being described as an autumnal terrace that will be open every weekend. 

    The Chapel Bar team have previous in the business, having also been behind the now-closed Sicilian restaurant Lena in Shoreditch which was named after owner Alessandro Rotta's Sicilian mum. Arenella is named

  • Big Mamma are launching Napoli Gang - a delivery-only restaurant

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    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    Pretty much perfectly timed for a week in which we're all waiting for the hammer of lockdown to drop, comes news from Big Mamma. The team who opened the big-hitting OTT restaurants Gloria and Circolo Popolare are launching their first delivery-only restaurant.

    Napoli Gang starts delivering this Wednesday, kicking off from a kitchen in Shoreditch. Kentish Town comes on board next week and they're

  • Milan's Giannino Dal 1899 opens a London restaurant in Mayfair

    giannino dal 1899 mayfairWill Giannino Dal 1899 be the restaurant to succeed at this spot in Mayfair? They're hoping that the long lineage of the Milanese original will entice Londoners to try it.

  • Donna Sofia sees Highbury's Da Mario deli opening its first restaurant

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    Over the many, boring weeks of lockdown, we spent a lot of time on our daily prescribed walk going past the old Dear Pizza spot on Highbury Barn, wondering what new restaurant was opening there.

    Now we know - it's Donna Sofia - an Italian restaurant and pizzeria from the folk next door at Da Mario deli. They're serving up a range of antipasti, pasta, mains and pizzas.

    On the menu you'll find:

    • Toasted sourdough
  • Tavolino sees ex Bancone chef Louis Korovilas head Thameside

    Tavolino sees ex Bancone chef Louis Korovilas head ThamesideLouis Korovilas was head chef of Bancone and has now moved onto his new restaurant Tavolino, on the south bank of the Thames with impressive views of the river. There he'll be bringing an impeccably-sourced menu of Italian pasta, pizza and lots more.

  • Trullo opens a deli next door to their Islington restaurant

    Trullo opens a deli next door to their Islington restaurant

    We've known for some time, well before the lockdown, that Islington's Trullo (sister restaurant to Padella) had bought the shop next door. It was kept empty for a while - but now we finally have some info on what's being planned, just as they've reached their 10th birthday. 

    Now they've unveiled the Trullo deli. We're told to expect "all the things you love about Trullo for you to take home." So there are

  • Test Driving Cafe Murano delivery - Angela Hartnett's pasta-to-go service

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    If you're looking to stock up on Italian groceries and have Angela Hartnett cook you pasta-to-go, then right now Cafe Murano Bermondsey is where it's at.

  • Big Mamma-to-you - we Test Drive delivery from Gloria (including their HUGE lemon meringue pie)

    meringue2Big Mamma has had two huge hits with Gloria and Circolo Popolare. But how will their very extra approach translate to delivery? We find out.  

  • Angela Hartnett's Cafe Murano starts delivery from Bermondsey

    angela hartnett starts cafe murano delivery service in Bermondsey

    Ever since we spotted her talking on Instagram about getting ready to do takeaways, we've been waiting for Angela Hartnett to release more details. In an email to customers today she finally revealed that she'll be doing a delivery service for Cafe Murano.

    Using the group's latest restaurant to open - the one in Bermondsey - they'll be doing all manner of ready-made meals and fresh pasta both to collect

  • Lina Stores, the 75-year-old Italian Soho stalwart, launches its online deli

    Lina Stores, the 75-year-old Italian Soho stalwart, launches its online deli

    They were open in Soho for over 75 years before the lockdown hit, but that isn't keeping Lina Stores down. If you've been missing one of London's top Italian delis, the news that they've re-opened as an online-only shop should certainly help.  

    And it's a very fully-stocked online shop too, kicking off with something they've become best-known for - their pasta. They have fresh pasta

  • Legare in Shad Thames is offering cook at home pasta meals

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    Newish pasta spot Legare in Tower Bridge is among the many London businesses pivoting to a new way of doing business in the wake of the Covid crisis. They're now open as a collection and takeaway-only spot, with plans to offer delivery soon.

    Taking a quick look at their new streamlined menu, seems there's plenty to keep SE1 residents happy. You can order ribollita, salumi platters and gorgeous-sounding sarnies (Porchetta

  • Stoke Newington's Wolf's has a new all-star food and wine team

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    Almost four years after opening its doors in Stoke Newington, British-Italian restaurant Wolf has brought in a whole new (and very interesting) team.

    The neighbourhood spot, which was opened by cousins Antony Difrancesco and Onofrio Dicarlo in 2016, now has Head Chef Rory Buchanan (ex-Calcot Manor) in the kitchen.

    Add to that, the arrival of wine man Zeren Wilson and you have a hot new combo of talent whose first menu launches

  • Napulé wineria and osteria is relaunching in Fulham with a wine and burrata bar

    napule fulham wineria and osteria

    Over in Fulham, popular pizzeria Napulé has been undergoing something of a transformation. It's about to reopen in a new guise as both a wineria and osteria.

    The front part of the restaurant has been made over as a wine bar, where you can enjoy a glass of wine with sharing taglieri, homemade burrata and aperitivo. They've been working on building relationships with, as they describe it "little Italian producers whose quality can stand the big

  • East West sees Tufnell Park get a fusion Italian and Indian pizzeria

    East West pizzeria opening on Fortess Road in Tufnell ParkCombining Puglian pizza know-how with Indian inspiration, this new Tufnell Park pizzeria is hoping to woo folk with their fusion pizzas. 

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