LONDON, RESTAURANTS

London: Dining At Soho’s Little Italy

Girl’s night is a treasured tradition among my group of friends. We each take turns planning fun night’s out all over London, with each evening completely different from the previous ones. For our most recent girl’s night, we went to Little Italy in Soho. From classic Italian dishes, to an unexpected magic show and a crowd ready to work off their meal with lots and lots of dancing, this venue has a lot to offer – and then some!

Disclosure: If you’re on a diet, this may not be the place for you. The menu is filled with decadent, tempting Italian classics. We decided to start with a burrata, calamari and beef carpaccio – all were delicious.

 

The burrata at Little Italy

 

Beef carpaccio

 

The fried courgette, prawn and calamari

Much to our surprise, just before our appetizers arrived, a magician who works for Little Italy came by and gave us a little magic show. While we were a bit apprehensive at first, his kind and funny demeanor, plus incredibly clever magic tricks, absolutely won us over. Who knew we were getting both dinner AND a show!?

For the mains, I gave in and went for a pan-fried free range corn fed chicken “Saltimbocca”, with parma ham and sage in a white wine sauce with truffle mash potatoes. The presentation was beautiful and I really enjoyed how tender and flavorful the chicken and accompanying potatoes were.

My beautiful, if not decadent, chicken entree at Little Italy

As we were enjoying our dinner, we noticed an uptick in the energy and atmosphere for Little Italy. First and foremost, it seems like every other table there was celebrating a birthday. In addition to the spontaneous bursts of ‘Happy Birthday,’ the music became more prevalent with the kind of tunes that prompt you to sing and start dancing a bit in your seat. So much so that our table neighbors were getting up to dance!

Both the ground floor and third floor of the restaurant have dance floors, so it’s easy to see how this could be a one venue destination for a night out. Granted, the crowd is a bit of a mixed bag, but I suppose that is half the fun, right? It’s also worth calling out that drinks are pretty pricey. I ordered a Hendrick’s gin and tonic at the bar and it was £16! However, by contrast, the food is very affordably priced for Soho, especially given the quality, portion side and ambiance. Win some, lose some?

Little Italy is located at21 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4RN in London’s Soho neighborhood.

For more of my London nightlife and restaurant recommendations, please check out my robust London Guide here.

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