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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Kentish Town is short on good Asian options for dinner. Restaurant Baan Thai is a godsend then, and will fix you for noodles and comforting soups.
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Burro e Salvia
Burro e Salvia, in Shoreditch is a small Italian restaurant that makes excellent daily fresh made pasta and updates their pasta menu monthly.
This Marylebone restaurant is the modern Italian trattoria you wish would open up in your neighbourhood. Use it for a low-key dinner with friends.
Bar Italia is a classic Soho institution, and a perfect place to people watch, grab a cup of espresso, and just hang out.
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