Our pick of Italian restaurants in Richmond
The family run Al Borgo Ristorante in Teddington
A Cena, Richmond Road
When Camilla set up A Cena with her husband Tim she wanted to recapture her childhoods spent at Lake Como with her Italian mother. The result is a casual but popular restaurant with a famous reputation and a reputation among the famous. The food is perfectly adapted as the seasons change and Head Chef, Nicola, insists the entire family can enjoy their menu.
They’ve had rave reviews for everything from their cocktails to simply their raw ingredients. The restaurant is intimate and relaxed, making it perfect for romantic dates. Be sure to visit their Food on the Hill deli and butchers just down the road on Friars Stile Road.
418 Richmond Road
020 8288 0108
Adesso, Hill Rise
This Italian-Sicilian eatery provides modern cuisine with adaptable chefs who are keen to talk about their food. Their terrace is delightful on a warm summer’s evening and – if you’re lucky – a Mediterranean guitar solo. The menu covers light and heavy meals from calzoni to risotto. Be assured as well, their pasta is served perfectly al dente. It’s proved popular for private functions and parties, probably because it sits a convenient walk from the Thames. Praise for this restaurant mostly comes from regulars, so be prepared to find a new favourite Italian restaurant.
24 Hill Rise
020 8940 5544
Al Boccon Di Vino, Red Lion Street
If you prefer Venetian food and the finest wines then this is the Italian restaurant for you. Owned by the chef, you must forgive the lack of options as he’s going to cook you what you want, rather than what you choose. The multi-course menu gives you lots of little choices and the English translation of Al Boccon Di Vino – ‘a divine mouthful’ – is an apt description of the meals on offer. Everything is calm and unhurried so no table pushing to be expected. The whole experience akin to an Italian marital feast and, just like a wedding, you need to let them know you’re coming. It’s the real Italian deal though, so you’ll be there all evening.
14 Red Lion Street
020 8940 9060
Al Borgo Ristorante, Teddington
Hand-made bread, pasta and deserts, all cooked to order by Italian chefs in a smart restaurant with a matching Italian wine list – perfecto, por favore. Al Borgo sticks to its established recipes and that, combined with the fantastic service, have kept the punters on its side. Being family-run, it’s a hidden gem that claims genuine affection for those who make it their official haunt. They’re known for their excellent quality of service and food and good value for your money. When you pop in be sure to give your best to Marco and head chef, Paolo, both of whom are from Lombardy, at the foothills of the Italian Alps.
3 Church Road
020 8943 4456
It may not be the Sistine Chapel, but the artwork by local youngsters stuck on the walls of Angelo’s certainly warmed us to the Twickenham café – not to mention the extremely generous portions.
They’ve been around a while and have spent the time building an excellent reputation around their food and deli. They also do a takeaway service – perfect for delicious Italian food at home without piles of dirty saucepans. Its understated charm has lead customers to compare it with a genuine ‘local’ Italian caffè
144 Heath Road
0208 891 3750
Da Vinci, Twickenham
It may not be what you expect, but any Italian restaurant that serves a Sunday Roast that is so popular you have to book in advance knows what they’re doing. The kitchen also boasts a traditional wood-burning oven, which gives that extra edge to their pizzas.
You’ll also be quite happy knowing, despite not being a highly priced menu, a percentage of takings go to Children in Need. They haven’t skimped on that Italian essential, the gelati menu, as it includes cherry, coffee and mango flavours.
39 Heath Road
020 8744 9910
Mamma Mia, East Sheen
Cosy, family-friendly, and adorned with the autographed photos of celebrity guests, Mamma Mia is a well-kept secret.
Leo Giannini and his family opened their restaurant 36 years ago. He expanded to the Leonardo wine bar next door – which also includes a selection of items from the Mamma Mia menu.
Its calm and elegant service is wonderfully pitched and with the carne including chicken, veal and roast pigeon, how can you resist it? After nearly four decades under the same management Mamma Mia is a well-sculpted Italian success.
459 Upper Richmond Road West
020 8878 6725
Osteria Pulcinella, Twickenham
Osteria Pulcinella’s rustic charm and homely atmosphere makes for a brilliant setting for enjoying a range of Italian foods. Black pasta and Rabbit Ragu may not be for everyone but for the gourmet and the experimentalist this is Mediterranean heaven. The owners have four other places in the area, including Pizzeria Rustica and a tapas restaurant so if you find them fully booked – which isn’t impossible – then you can ask them to suggest somewhere different. The fresh ingredients and attentive service come highly recommended and the menu improves as you work your way through it.
36 Church Street
020 8892 5854
Pizzeria Rustica, The Quadrant
The same local family that owns Osteria Pulcinella runs this iconic restaurant, and they’re just as fanatical about sourcing the best here as they are at their other businesses. The owner, George, is passionate about the food and really knows his stuff. This Pizzeria has won awards for its homemade, rustic Italian food. The candles create a homely setting and the super friendly staff completes the cosy and unpretentious atmosphere. The stone-baked pizza is made from dough prepared on the day and come in a variety of authentic Italian flavours. They’re open all day for lunch and dinner but get fully booked pretty quickly in the evening.
32 The Quadrant
020 8332 6262
Shambles Bar and Restaurant, Teddington
If you want to see the ingredients at Shambles you only have to step into the garden, where all the herbs and vegetables are grown for use on the menu. The Grade 2 listed, 17th century, building was used as a butcher’s for 250 years before becoming the log-fire heated restaurant in 1983. Chef Massimo came from various Michelin starred kitchens before setting to work at the elongated bar and eatery. Unlike many restaurants they provide specialised menus for Mothers Day and Crespelle for Pancake Day. It’s best to head along on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night when live piano music fills the air, and sit outside among the fairy lights and vines to be transported away from the grey skies of England. It’s a classic Teddington restaurant, with Prosecco on tap for £3.50 and will provide you with a jolly summer evening.
83 High Street