The Carluccio's chefs apparently have a very straightforward mantra – minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour.
With meals from breakfast through to dinner, there’s plenty of choice at this homely chain - including simple pasta dishes, rich meat plates and fresh fish meals.
Reuters Plaza, carluccios.com
This riverside venue has just had a bit of a revamp to its outdoor area, which has made it feel a little more cosy.
The menu is full of Italian favourites - like rustic pizzas, calzone and gelato.
Westferry Circus, zizzi.co.uk
3. Amerigo Vespucci
It’s a little off the beaten track, but well worth taking a short stroll to this family run restaurant, which has an al fresco bar - perfect now the weather is hotting up.
The signature dish is the Gamberoni All’ Aglio, which contains king prawns, olive oil, garlic, chopped parsley and flamed with white wine.
Mackenzie Walk, amerigovespucci.co.uk
4. Jamie's Italian
The Canary Wharf venue is always lively and can be great for either little bites and drinks or a full sit down meal.
Popular dishes include Jamie’s Ultimate Sharing Plank (piled high with meats, pate, bread, olives and peppers - among many other things) or for those with a sweet tooth there’s the chocolate, pear and honeycomb pavlova.
Churchill Place, jamieoliver.com
You couldn’t get much more Italian than a Mozzarella bar - especially as they regularly fly their cheeses in from Italy.
Chefs focus on regional specialities and create dishes in keeping with the season at this traditional venue founded by Carlo Petrini.
West Wintergarden, Bank Street, obica.com