|La Luna Di Luca, Richmond|
In regards to proper Italian food - I suspect most of y'all think any truly authentic Italian restaurant is best found in Italy, well you'd be right if you understand that it is all regional based. It might be hard to believe that Italian food culture we see today was actually developed post WWII, when parts of Europe went through an economic boom, including Italy. The only food that is traditional (used 100 years) and is still used today is polenta. There's an interesting read on the authenticity of Italian food here.
|Bruschetta and Arancini, Zizzi Twickenham|
|Warmed beans with beetroot salad, gorgonzola ravioli - Mosiaco, Whitton|
Bacco Italian is in Richmond just across from the station. It's not immediately obvious but is next to Carluccio's (not bad here either) and they have a cosy restaurant, modern room and do a lovely octopus when its on the menu, this is more fine dining and pricey but they do pre Theatre and rugby day specials. There is another place worth a mention on Paradise road, Al Boccon Di Vino. This is popular place with very relaxed serving style - food comes out of the kitchen randomly and there is no set menu as such and it can get quite chaotic but has great atmosphere, even if service is disconcerting. Its a popular place and the food is great and very reasonably priced.
|Ragu, Tiramisu - Bacco Italian, Richmond|
|Superfood salad, Polenta - Jamies, Richmond|
|Prawn Linguine, Seafood Risotto, Zizzi Twickenham|
Al Boccon Di Vino, Richmond
Bacco Italian, Richmond
La Luna Di Luca, Richmond
La Salon Prive, Twickenham