Really good italian restaurant in Pimlico (London near Victoria Station). Seems to be owned and staffed by an italian family (they all look similar and talk to each other in italian). All the pasta and desserts are home made, the service is very attentive and the price is good. Lots of locals seem to go there, which is a testament to the quality of the food and service. I stayed in a hotel literally next door for 2 weeks and I eat there at least 5 times during my stay..
Super nice - almost twee - Italian. In the area of greater Victoria hell, this place really stands out. Decent prices, decent portions, lovely wines.
The veal milanese was fantastic. Sole meuniere fit the bill - all served with fresh new potatoes and veg on the side.
And what veg. Seriously. Al dente and astoundingly fresh.
Lovely - if dam pricey - coffees and a modest - but value-driven wine list round the place out. If you're in the wilds of Victoria (almost Pimlico) you could do far worse thean pop round here.
A lovely little piece of Italy in Pimlico!
It really did feel like we'd just gone to Italy for our dinner in this lovely, cosy restaurant. Except that the service at O Sole Mio is much better than any I've had in Italy! The staff are positively wondeful, super attentive and friendly, you're never left in need of anything. The menu is broad and ticks all the traditional Italian fare boxes of pasta, pizza, lasagne etc. There are also plenty of meat and fish based dishes and daily specials. The minestrone is fantastic as is the beef carpaccio. For mains I had one of my Italian faves, Saltimboca alla Romana - veal, bacon, sage, potatoes..and they do it very well here.
The coffee, as expected, is also great and the dessert menu looks well worth a try. I was, alas, too full to indulge.
Give it a go! C*
This is one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Pimlico. It's laid back, and the spartan tables, bread, jugs of water and olives give it a very Mediterranean feel to things. The staff are also friendly and attentive.
Most importantly though, the food is good. My pizza was moist and its toppings fresh. They also score extra points for having a good, low alcohol beer on the menu next to the usual Perroni, Amstel and other lagers. Prices are reasonable, with pizzas costing around £8. I'm looking forward to my next visit.
This is one of those restaurants that makes me love Pimlico. Just hearing the staff and owners yell 'Caio Bella!' is enough to make you aware of what you are in for.
My experience on a wintery Friday night was perfection. The restuarant was crowded, but fortunately no waiting for a table. We both opted for Pizzas, the vegetarian primavera for me and a pepperoni of some sort for him. Both were fresh, had perfectly crispy edged crust with a moist chewy center. The veggie topping on mine was to die for (green red and yellow peppers, eggplant and mushrooms). Can't really beat it with a beer to wash it down. Perfect start to the weekend.
I can't really say anything about the other menu items, but I did notice quite a lot of people finishing their plates and all seemed happy and well in this charming restaurant. Great date spot or place to divulge with friends over a bottle of wine. The large windows in the main room overlooking a nice corner in Pimlico make for good people watching while staying warm.
I'll definitely be back!
Having lived in Pimlico for coming on to 2 yrs, I thought I would pay O Sole Mio a visit, seeing as it is literally at the bottom of my road.
So I decided to take my mother for lunch on her 62nd Birthday (she had evening plans with her toyboy)
When I made the booking, I advised them of the occasion, and they suggested I bring a cake and the staff would sing Happy Birthday (I think it would have been a nicer touch to give some free cake, free cake is always a winner, especially on your mum's birthday)
We were duly seated at the front of the restaurant, which is really much like a small cafe/bistro, there was a private function going on in the more comfortable area.
We started with Bruschetta, a simple dish, hard to mess up. The dish was fresh and nicely balanced with just the right amount of olive oil and fresh tomatoes. I ordered a Guinness and mum opted for a shandy (ok she was pacing herself)
Main course was a bacon pasta dish, which was adequate, but didn't really set the tastebuds alive.
Service was a little rushed, we nipped outside for a ciggie and were told to come back quickly as our mains were nearly ready.
My only complaint was the way a second drink was served. The Guinness was poured literally like a glass of coke and quickly brimmed over onto the table as the waitress ran off to more pressing issues. Another waitress promptly wiped it up clean.
My mum was treated to several waiters and the owner singing happy birthday, which I guess is a regular occurrence as it was delivered in a jocular manner.
The owner of the venue is very charming and made my mum feel very welcome. I will certainly visit again one evening soon, as I don't want to base my opinion on one rushed lunch time service. The menu is competitively priced, and the restaurant is always busy.
Based on this visit 7/10
I stayed near Victoria station during a business trip and found this Italian Restaurant. Not a stylish one but more like a real small Ristorante in Italy (beside the cloth napkins which should be paper ones to make the illusion complete). The staff is typical as well, busy and always in a rush whereas the chef is taking the orders and having a chat with the regulars.
The food was great, in fact the pizza was the best I had by now in the UK. Thin base with tasty cheese and spicy salamino, the insalata pomodoro a simple homemade one with onions and no fancy ingredients. What I've seen on the other customer's tables the pasta did look very authentic as well and everybody enjoyed his meal. The menu is well balanced with italian style dishes like saltimbocca, there's also a special menu on a panel at the wall.
The atmosphere was simple, a bit noisy (it is a busy place) and for sure nothing to impress a business guest unless he's more into authentice atmosphere and food as well.
I enjoyed the stay here and for sure will come back to try the pasta myself.
The staff very friendly and accommodating and that was the highlight of our visit. The pizzas were very ordinary to be quite honest. I saw from previous comments that the decor was less than good and it was a little tires and using plastic handled cutlery raised eyebrows. Suitable for a quick meal but not for a significant occasion.
This restaurant was across the way from our hotel. the decor is odd, but the food was lovely. the staff were a little hard to understand (I'm from Wales and I'm not used to italian accents made ordering a little difficult!) but it was well priced and food was delivered quite timely despite their being a rush of people. It technically was lovely but the atmosphere personally made me uncomfortable. that may just be me though. It's definitely worth a try, but maybe not for anything romantic or personal.
Busy but downmarket Italian. Nothing special.
Nice little family-run Italian place in a decent neighbourhood. You know it's authentic and good because there seem to always be customers conversing in Italian (as do the staff). Menu is about 1/3 pizzas (thin Italian style = 1 per person), 1/3 entrees, 1/3 salads and pasta options. All dishes I tried were very good -- minestrone was some of the best I've ever had, and the calzone was an excellent option. Tiramisu was well done and nicely presented. Ambiance is fine -- tables are a bit close together, and given the tiled floor, the place can get a bit loud, so not the best for a quiet conversation, but within normal noise range. Prices were reasonable, and certainly offering better value for money than many other options in the area. Definitely a solid choice for a good meal. Use Pimlico tube stop if you can -- much easier in and out than the chaotic Victoria Station stop! Note also two great pub options nearby: Cask House and The Gallery.
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