Whether you come to Da Mario because your uncle has fond memories of the downstairs dining room, or you stumble in after seeing the queue coming out of the door, this is a restaurant that you will come to again and again. In a Venetian-gothic building, on the corner of Gloucester Road, with a homely interior, a spacious downstairs room, and an Italian menu of big portions of pastas and some pretty great pizza, this is a restaurant that will satisfy most. This is a loud, messy, group dinner kind of spot, or a lunch with a couple of friends who aren’t going to critique the fact that they used cream in their rigatoni. It’s not the best Italian food you’ll taste in London, but it’s perfectly satisfying, and the chaos is all part of the charm.

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