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Ciao Bella

Italian Restaurant££££
Holborn and Covent Garden, London
  • Magnus W.
    "The best local Italian restaurant in London."(5 Tips)
    "Must book in advance!"(3 Tips)
    Joe D.
    "One of the best Authentic Italian restaurants I have dined at."(4 Tips)
    "Scallopina Milanese under butter rice...ohhhhhh"(2 Tips)
87 Tips and reviews
  • Italian food
  • lively
  • pizza
  • authentic
  • casual
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  • Steve C.
    Steve Curati2 weeks ago
    A fave. Great family vibe.
  • Martin J.
    Martin JordanOctober 26
    Such an authentic Italian restaurant! It's hard to find a place with a late kitchen in this area—but then we discovered this gem that does not do any fancy dishes but true Italian recipes. Love it!
  • Claire T.
    Claire TaylorOctober 15
    Pasta in greaseproof paper bag is E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew EllisSeptember 23
    The place for a long al fresco lunch / dinner & room for a large group on a quiet central London street. Food is classic Italian Trattoria.
  • Joanna P.
    Joanna PalermoSeptember 14
    Pasta, limoncello
  • Adam H.
    Good, authentic, has been here for decades. You can tell a place is genuine when it attracts people old and new alike
  • Morgan G.
    Smoked salmon and house wine. Everything else we got was awful. Service was awful :(
  • Mickael ..
    Mickael .May 28
    The waiters are nice and know are to present the specialities. In fact they know what they are cooking and serving!
  • Yoav J.
    Great atmosphere, the staff were super nice, and the food was amazing and priced well!!
  • egg
    eggApril 7
    Mediocre pizza with possibly the worst service I have ever experienced in London. Why this place is packed is a mystery to me.
  • Steph
    StephFebruary 27
    Amazing! Lobster linguini, seafood pasta from a bag, exceptional mussels with very rich white wine sauce!
  • Lisa .
    Lisa 🐼February 1
    Lasagna was delicious! Live piano music was gorgeous
  • Ed H.
    Ed HammertonJanuary 30
    Spirited family Italian restaurant. The pizza and pasta dishes are delicious and generous, so think twice about whether you need that starter...
  • Meera M.
    Meera MeenNovember 13, 2015
    Great pizza. Good service. On evening they play songs and sing . Nice place and good food
  • Juan D.
    Juan DiezOctober 6, 2015
    Great value, amazing pizza. Loud nights, just like an italian restaurant should be.
  • Derya A.
    Derya AtılmışSeptember 26, 2015
    The food is nice and is not expensive.
  • Roberto L.
    Roberto LockerAugust 28, 2015
    The wifi password is 8690lamb
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarksAugust 12, 2015
    One of the most authentic Italian cafés in London. Super friendly staff and really tasty food. All pastas are delicious, and the veal is lovely and tender.
  • clive k.
    clive kornitzerJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pizza and sitting outside
  • Gloverboy
    GloverboyJuly 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A brilliant and authentic Italian. But please book ahead and don't sit downstairs.
  • Maxim F.
    Maxim FedotovJune 26, 2015
    Proper Italian place, you'll feel like you are in Rome. Very crowded so book in advance.
  • Sergey B.
    Sergey BaryshnikovApril 25, 2015
    A rather authentic place with simple and honest Italian food
  • David B.
    David BarrieMarch 19, 2015
    Fantastic atmosphere
  • Ali M.
    Ali MajidMarch 18, 2015
    Very slow service they took 45 minutes to bring our main course
  • Michiel V.
    Michiel Van HulleMarch 2, 2015
    A busy restaurant BUY very friendly staff and The food is really really Nice. The taste of Italy in London. Highly recommended!
  • Koen B.
    Koen BuysseFebruary 26, 2015
    Authentic !!! Got to love the Italians shouting at each other while you're enjoying their great food! And "la papa del famiglia" controlls it all!
  • Pieter d.
    Pieter de MeerFebruary 13, 2015
    I enjoyed the Vitello al Limone, the vegetables and potatoes were also very tasteful
  • Robert F.
    Robert FanningJanuary 23, 2015
    Good value, authentic pizza, great wine list
  • Yasmin Y.
    Yasmin YazdaniDecember 20, 2014
    This place is awesome! So cosy and relaxed but with excellent food.
  • Stephanie A.
    Stephanie AllenDecember 10, 2014
    I've never had anything from Ciao Bella I didn't like. Pizzas and pastas are great! Wine selection is excellent. Make a reservation!!!! Great for groups, but can get loud.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BenchimolNovember 23, 2014
    Lousy service - they give you a deadline and aren't particularly friendly. Pasta is overr-rated - fresh, but not outstanding.
  • François N.
    François NamurNovember 16, 2014
    Quick and friendly service, big portions.
  • David M.
    David McElroyNovember 11, 2014
    Tagliatelle Ciao Bella is my favourite
  • George C.
    George CharalambousOctober 6, 2014
    Very cosy family owned restaurant. Simple, fresh, tasty and good value.
  • James M.
    James MayesSeptember 24, 2014
    Everything. Everything is good here :)
  • clive k.
    clive kornitzerSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pizza pizza
  • Martin K.
    Martin KSeptember 2, 2014
    Secret spot for the best pizza in London - and man, are they huge!
  • Ece S.
    Ece SudoganAugust 16, 2014
    Nice local rest with terrace
  • Nicholas P.
    Nicholas PettersAugust 6, 2014
    If you're very hungry the calzone is gigantic and very tasty.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DolinajJune 13, 2014
    One of the best Authentic Italian restaurants I have dined at. I'm from the US and traveled extensively. Great staff, great prices, great wine. A diamond in the rough. If in London you must eat here
  • Nathalie A.
    Nathalie AdamNovember 13, 2013
    Really good restaurant! The food is delicious and the people are really nice! We'll definitely come back!
  • Cat H.
    Cat HigginsNovember 3, 2013
    Nice food but rudest staff we have ever met. They managed to upsets every member of our party of 12. Do not bother! They nearly ruined a special birthday evening
  • Nathan H.
    Nathan HamerOctober 26, 2013
    My tip is to eat here.
  • Alper Ç.
    Alper ÇuğunOctober 25, 2013
    Most Italian places are funny but this place is a joke.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PatemanAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Calzone is absolutely delicious and big enough for 2!
  • Karen C.
    Karen ConwayAugust 13, 2013
    Viggo Mortonsen & Bernard Hill were eating with friends at a table near us! Simple Italian food and good value.
  • Rebecca D.
    Rebecca De CiccoAugust 9, 2013
    Amazing Italian food. Hadn't been since 2008 and still was just as good as I remembered!
  • Chris M.
    Chris McNallyJune 16, 2013
    Steak is very tasty, but it's very noisy when full!
  • Joyce C.
    Joyce ChiaJune 11, 2013
    This place transports you to Italy with its deco, ambience, service and food. The grilled sardines and spaghetti vongole were amazing. Book in advance as it gets really busy even on a Monday night!
  • Giovanni B.
    Giovanni BianchiMarch 24, 2013
    A tad noisy, but good food for the price
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