Okay. We’ll be honest with you, the food at Cattivo is not great. Sometimes it’s not even good, but this huge, glossy space, their opening hours, and the location near Brixton station make this a really useful spot to have in your back pocket. You can expect a big shiny bar, a moody downstairs basement, a laid back feel, and a cool, slightly industrial look that’ll work just as well for a group catch-up as for first date drinks. If you do eat, avoid the vegan options and stick to the smaller sharing plates and sides. Heads up: they’re open until 2am at the weekend.
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Franco Manca Brixton
The original Franco Manca still makes some of the best Neapolitan pizzas in town, from a cosy little shop in Brixton market.
Come to KaoSarn when you want nice Thai food in Brixton - the curries are good, and the larb salad is a must.
Three Eight Four
Three Eight Four in Brixton does some decent cocktails and nice enough nibbles making it a pretty good date spot.
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Bottles is a wine bar in Old Spitalfields Market, with handmade pasta and other Italian food supplied by the Sood Family.
Santa Maria is a proper Neapolitan pizza joint in Fitzrovia. By proper we mean it’s excellent. And it’s inexpensive too.
The River Café
The River Café is a long standing classic London restaurant that literally wrote the book on tasteful, authentic Italian food.
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