Mario’s (est. 1958 but with some name-changes along the way) is the king of Kentish Town’s old-school greasy spoons and a home-style Italian restaurant. The menu’s nothing fancy, just large servings of well-cooked food at ridiculously low prices – if you spent £10 on food here, we’d actually be worried. Penne, lasagne, and toasted sandwiches are strong points, and the breakfasts are better and cheaper than a lot of the local competition.
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Rustique is a ‘literary cafe’ with average food, but warmth and bookish vibes. Bring your moleskin and thickest glasses.
Phoenicia Mediterranean Food Hall
This Middle Eastern supermarket, one of the best food shops in the area, has a café where you can eat an inexpensive lunch of wraps or mixed meze.
Patron Cave à Manger
The formula at Patron Cave a Manger in Kentish Town is simple. Take impeccable cheese and cured meats, and add great wine. It’s good for casual meets.
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Locanda Ottomezzo is a neighbourhood Italian restaurant with Italian movie memorabilia on the walls, good food and an excellent wine list.
Santa Maria is a proper Neapolitan pizza joint in Fitzrovia. By proper we mean it’s excellent. And it’s inexpensive too.
Trullo is the kind of neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’d find in an actual Italian neighbourhood, and the food is simply fantastic.
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