Pizza Sophia is the exact kind of restaurant every non-stop area in London needs. This is a cute, family-run pizza spot that doesn’t overthink things. The pizzas are the kind with a fat, charred, and doughy crust, and a super thin slightly sloppy base. They’re an absolute snip at £8 for a margherita, considering how good they taste. Unfortunately this spot is no secret, and it's usually chocka, so call ahead if you’re going at peak lunch or dinner time.
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Ciao Bella in Bloomsbury is an old school Italian restaurant where the spaghetti doesn’t matter as much as the story you’re listening to.
Abeno is a lovely Japanese spot in Bloomsbury specialising in okonomiyaki, but it’s also worth visiting for sides like the tempura, and beef karaage.
Seoul Bakery is a Korean spot in Bloomsbury. They don’t take reservations, and there are only two tables, but it’s worth queuing for.
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Saporitalia is a neighbourhood Italian spot that doesn’t look like much, but is actually excellent. Go for the pizza and veal chop.
Palatino is a slick Italian restaurant in Clerkenwell with good pastas and sharing plates. Make sure you get the fried sage leaves.
Martello Hall is an great bar-meets-pizza restaurant on Mare Street in Hackney. Bring your mates at the weekend, or visit it late night.
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