Italian Restaurants

Italian Restaurants in & around Clapham

We’ve split our Italian restaurants into two parts – those that claim to be mainly Pizza restaurants, and those that claim to be Italian.  Inevitably there’s cross-over!


Buona Sera
22 Northcote Road, London, SW11 1NX, T: 020 7228 9925
A decent ‘casual’, buzzy Italian restaurant in Battersea – not too fancy, great service and classic Italian food. Their pizzas are huge and delicious! Very busy at weekends.

Donna Margherita
183 Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TE, T: 020 7228 2660
Restaurant and wood-fired pizzaria specialising in dishes from southern Italy. Take-away and delivery too.
Macellaio RC
129 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 6QU T: 020 3848 4800
Located at the quieter end of Northcote Road, this Italian restaurant specialises in Fassona beef and we can confirm that we had one of the best steaks ever here! The hanging meat in the window may be slightly off-putting for many British tastes but once you are inside the restaurant’s stylish interior you can focus on the good quality food. Recommended.

Numero Uno
139 Northcote Road, Battersea, SW11 6PX, T: 020 7978 5837
Bustling, popular restaurant with a very long menu! Traditional Italian dishes, outdoor seating on warmer days.

Osteria Antica Bologna
23 Northcote Road, Battersea, SW11 1NG, T: 020 7978 4771
One of the stalwarts of Northcote Road – Osteria Antica has been here for over 20 years. It hasn’t changed its style either but no matter – it’s a rustic vibe both in terms of the food and the decor. The focus is on seasonal cooking – organic where possible – and the opportunity to experience many Italian dishes not usually found in your average Italian restaurant in London. It’s one of those little gems that doesn’t show off but continues to offer good food and service year after year.


175 Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TE, T: 0800 389 9770
Really excellent take-away and delivery pizzas at Basilico – part of a London chain.

162 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UG, T: 020 7978 1108
Cracking pizzas, with an unusual range of toppings (as well as the classics) plus pasta dishes. Recent refurbishment includes free wi-fi, baby changing facilities and an updated menu plus a cool new design (it was pretty cool before!). One of our favourites.

Franco Manca
76 Northcote Road, London SW11 6QL, T: 020 7924 3110
Who would have thought there would be room for another pizza place around here but when it comes to Franco Manca there’s always room. Sourdough pizzas – nothing else – and they are superb! Great value too. Expect to queue at weekends. Other branches include the original in Brixton Village.

Joe Public Pizza
4 The Pavement, London SW4 0HY
The former loo at Clapham Common has been converted into a small pizza-style restaurant serving California style pizzas whole or by the slice and early bacon/egg butties. Outside seating.

148 Northcote Road SW11 6RD, T: 020 7738 9078
Located down the quieter end of Northcote Road (although there are several restaurants and cafés nearby), this small restaurant has a short menu – just pizzas – and a small selection of wines/drinks. We’ve heard that the pizzas are delicious and reasonably priced too.

Made in Italy
59 Northcote Road, Batterea SW11 1NP, T: 020 7978 7711
Attractive restaurant half way down Northcote Road with tables outside and a mezzanine area inside, so there’s plenty of seating. Pizzas and a good selection of Italian staples. Bookings for groups of 10 or more only.
4-6a Battersea Rise, SW11 1ED, T: 020 79785542
Delicious pizzas with an interesting selection of toppings and a lovely, light base – apparently a secret dough recipe that involves up to 72 hours fermentation. We recommend adding a ball of creamy Burrata cheese to your pizza. You can also mix it up and choose half and half toppings or even three different toppings if you opt for the 20 inch sharing pizza.  We also managed to squeeze in a pudding.  The mini brioche with chocolate dipping sauce was truly fab but expect to get messy – not one to order on a first date!

Pizza Express
43 Abbeville Road, Clapham, SW4 9JX, T: 020 8673 8878
230 Lavender Hill, SW11 1LB, T:020 7223 5677
198 Trinity Road (round the corner from Bellevue Road), SW17 7HR, T: 020 9672 0200
What can we say about Pizza Express? Reliable, good for families… and pretty swift on the service. Regular offers available so check online before you visit.

Pizza Metro
64 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EQ, T: 020 7228 3812
Pizza Metro boasts the longest pizzas in London and boy are they good! Not surprisingly, it can get busy at weekends so make sure you book. Delivery service too.

San Marco Pizzeria (Pizza)
126 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7UH, T: 020 7622 0452
More than just pizzas, but the pizzas are definitely worth a try. Family run restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere

Did you know?…Italian meals are unusual in that the ‘primo’ or first course, is usually the more filling dish and will consist of either risotto or pasta, both being rich in carbohydrates.  You also may not know that a trattoria is generally less formal than a traditional Italian restaurant, with its name coming from the French word traiteur which means take-away.