It takes real skill, and the finest ingredients, to pull off the spare preparations in which Latium specializes. There are no presentational fireworks, and no flavors are hiding under a blanket of olive oil or butter. Everything here is formal, efficient, and elegantly spartan, rather like a good Savile Row bespoke. It's not trendy, or flashy, but the quality is obvious.
Although yoou won't be disappointed with anything on the menu, the ravioli is the thing here. It is lovingly prepared, perfectly presented, and filled with the best of ingredients.
It is also not sodden with oils or butters, so your stomach will not rebel. If you are used to typical fat-laden pasta, you will notice much more subtle flavors. The Oxtail ravioli, for instance, was suprisingly light, and was dressed with a savory and deeply-flavored pan sauce, rather than oil. I loved it.
Our table tried the fish ravioli sampler, as well as the Chicken Tortellini. Both were excellent. Everyone except me had the burrata appetizer, which was a crowd pleaser. I had the Polipetti, which was perfectly salted to cut through a rich chickpea sauce.
Service was outstanding in the Italian way - serious, efficient, formal, with staff so skinny you wonder what they serve for staff meals.
The decor is clean and simple, if perhaps a bit too bright. You won't have a problem reading the menu here.
Very accommodating and a great meal. For some reason our resv. booked at 10:30 instead of requested 8:30. The tables were all booked but the host worked us in at 9:30. So after a couple of drinks across the street at the Long Bar, it worked out perfectly. The menu encouraged us to order more than we could eat, but it was worth trying as much as possible. Everything was very tasty.
After going here with my boyfriend's family, I brought my own family here to have the set menu again because it was not only really worth the deal, but it's a great place to bring family for a very nice occasion.
You get any three dishes for a set price: either 2 appetizers with a main, or 1 appetizer, one main and one dessert. For deals like this I usually get dessert but their appetizers are too good: their fresh pastas or beef tartar, etc... the second time I didn't get dessert. For mains I love their seafood, especially their scallops with squid sauce when I was there the first time. Note that they do occasionally change their menu.
Just a walk away from Oxford Circus, I love that they're on a quiet street, and once you get to their door you're instantly welcomed by their friendly, very professional staff. From being seated to leaving, the staff is there for you at every moment.
It's five-star from service to food... go here if you have family who don't eat a lot of Western cuisine and want to be impressed.
Latium has been a great find and we've been here on each of our last two trips.
Italian fine dining with two or three course options and also chef's special ravioli menu. We decided on a few starters, pastas and mains and we were on our way. Our dishes for the night included:
MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA CAMPANA D.O.P. CON ZUCCHINE GRIGLIATE E POMODORINI SECCHI AL FORNO
Buffalo mozzarella D.O.P. from Campania with grilled courgettes
and oven-dried tomato
POLIPO ALLA GRIGLIA CON SALSA DI CECI, SCAROLA RIPASSATA E OLIO AL TIMO LIMONE
Grilled octopus with chick-pea sauce, sautéed escarole and lemon
thyme olive oil
TAGLIOLINI CON ZUCCHINI, GAMBERI ROSSI DI MAZZARA DEL VALLO E PREZZEMOLO
Tagliolini with courgettes, Mazzara del Vallo red prawns and
GNOCCHI DI PATATE ALLA RUCOLA CON SALSA ALLE VONGOLE E
Potato and rocket gnocchi with clams and Pachino cherry tomato
CAPPESANTE AVVOLTE CON PANCETTA, FRUTTI DI MARE, ORZO ALLO ZAFFERANO, SPINACI
Pan-fried scallops wrapped with pancetta, seafood and saffron
pearl barley, wilted spinach
PESCE SPADA ALLA GRIGLIA CON VERDURE GRIGLIATE, ACETO BALSAMICO BIANCO E ANETO
Grilled swordfish with grilled mixed vegetables, dill and white
balsamic vinegar dressing
Having just had the delectable Lobster ravioli at GR Claridge, we passed on the raviolis. I liked the octopus and scallops a lot. They were both perfectly cooked and not at all rubbery. The gnocci was great and I'm really digging rocket lately. Kris enjoyed the pasta with prawns, which we've had both times here. She also loved her Swordfish, which was nice and light with the mixed veggies. The grillman in me marveled at the nice hex patterned grill marks on the huge piece of fish she got. It was quite good, and clearly well executed. We finished with a sorbetto trio of lemon, raspberry and passion fruit.
Latium is such a great deal and we enjoyed it. They have a nice chef's table in back overlooking the kitchen that seats 6.
This restaurant was recommended by the concierge at our hotel as one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. The food was adequate but nothing to rave about and the service was extremely slow: it took 15 minutes to get an espresso, for example.
I loved the raviolis here. The ox-tail raviolis here were the best that I have had in my life. The place also gives you a plate of olives and crackers to start the meal. Although the meal is typical UK price.
I was fascinated by how Italian this place felt despite being in UK. I guess we don't really have these in the States as Italian restaurants tend to Americanize. I came here before a show during my two-day stay in London and the experience was wonderful. The server made sure we would get out in time for the show. Would definitely visit again if I have a chance.
What a great little find.
I work around the corner and have probably walked past here hundreds of times, but it never really seemed to make a 'I should go there' impression.
A business associate booked us in for lunch here today and boy am I glad they did. A perfect antidote to the excessive media luviness of Charlotte Street, Latium is all about low key and inexpensive fine Italian dining.
They specialise in raviolis, but also have a great selection of meat and fish dishes. I opted for that Italian classic, beef tartare to start and ossobuco as my main.
The beef tartare was served with lovely fresh rocket and shaved parmesan and was nicely seasoned and well presented. Definitely worth a try if you want something a bit off-piste. The ossobuco was just lovely. Served with polenta and a creamy onion sauce, the meat was cooked well and came off the bone very easily.
A great spot for a business lunch or an intimate dinner date.
Went there with my gf and her parents this weekend. The 'ravioli menu' was great: inventive & subtle. The fish meals were delicious. Seconding other reviews about the wine.
On the downside I would simply say that it is defintely more about the quality than the quantity so some might not leave properly filled. The air conditioning was a bit strong too and we had to ask 3 times before they turned it down (other than that, the service was good).
Great place if you are looking for gourmet italian food.
We've been to Latium countless times and somehow our feet led us to its doors again yesterday for an early dinner, without a booking. My partner said, Don't worry, it's Tuesday. It'll be quiet. Quietly heaving, that is. We stepped into the packed dining room to be greeted by Alex, who has worked there for as long as I can remember. Of course, we have a table for you, he smiled. Despite being busy, the staff displayed a friendly professionalism, efficiency and grace unmatched anywhere else.
I won't bore you with what we had - go look at their website - save to say everything was completely delicious. Their wine list is the envy of other restauranteurs. The menu changes regularly except for signature dishes, There's a full page dedicated to ravioli alone, something of a passion with chef Maurizio.
It's not cheap but neither do you need to leave your limbs behind. All round value for your hard-earned pound is what you'll find. For those in the know, Latium is the best Italian restaurant in London. There, I've said it. The ensuing rush of customers will ensure I'll never get another table there again.
Go, eat, drink, enjoy.
this is one of the best in London. we sat next to an american couple who's "vacation planner" had put this on their restaurant list with NoBu, The Dorchester, Fat Duck etc, and by the size of the ring on her finger they weren't adverse to a bit of fine dining!!
the set menu is reasonable. the ravioli divine. the wine list is well spread. the venue could seem a little sterile to some but i felt it to be perfectly lowkey, lovely lighting. the best thing was the service...invisible yet attentive and very very polite.
couldn't recommend more.
I don't feel as if I am in London while dining in this fine restaurant. Remarkably authentic and delicious food makes Latium worth an extra effort.
I could not agree more with the last reviewer. This restaurant thinks it is far cleverer and more capable that it consistently proved itself to be last night. My starter of steak tartar was bland and stringy, under seasoned and uninspired. It was followed up by a duck breast that was tough and tasteless sitting on a sloppy bit of pumpkin that had a strange aftertaste of fish, the handful of girole mushrooms scattered on the plate were however nice. My fiancee had monkfish which was hugely overcooked and dry. Our dessert order consisted of 1 special 2 double espresso and a grappa. After 35minutes waiting and no sign of even the grappa to keep me going we told them to forget it and get us the bill. Local family run Italian restaurants blow this place out if the water, my advice is dont bother.
They have a whole ravioli menu full of assorted ravioli. What more could one ask for. I had the oxtail ravioli with celery sauce. Celery sauce, you say? Yes. It was dope.
Good atmosphere with excellent wine and food. Remember to try their speciality raviolis. Quite inexpensive for central London.
In spite of one or two OK bits, this is a rather poor restaurant which is a tenth as clever as it thinks it is. Crab taglioni tasted of sludge. Beef something or another was tough and too salty, with roast potatoes that tasted of the roasting tin. My colleagues' halibut was very good, nice fish well cooked - probably a mistake. A nice touch was plenty of complimentary-from-the-chef freebie bits, which went down well and weren't too bad. My pudding, however, a signature dish of chocolate ravioli (more fool me) was utterly disgusting. It reminded me of something I would try and invent and chuck away. Service flip-flopped from poor to oily and obsequious. Won't be back unless forced.
Have been to Latium a couple of times & it never disappoints, staff are always friendly & informative & there is always a good ambience. The food is fantastic and the set lunch menu's start from as little as £15.
I have been here on business a couple of times, the food was always good, but it is a bit expensive for what you get.
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