The history of Italy's influence on English cuisine dates back not just hundreds, but thousands of years - right from when the Roman emperor Claudius arrived in 43 AD. In fact, a lot of fruits and vegetables were introduced to England through the Roman influx, and pastas and raviolis were considered highly fashionable dishes in the medieval era. In modern times, the popularity of Italian restaurants in Soho, London increased over the last five decades, when fresh ingredients started becoming more easily accessible. With its adventurous crowds and steady footfall, London's Soho district welcomed Italian restaurants with open arms.
Simple, hearty flavours created using seasonal ingredients - that's what Italy's cuisine is all about - and Italian restaurants of Soho, London are offering customers just that. Though wines, herbs and pastas are easily available in the city, many chefs source speciality ingredients like seafood, regional cheeses and truffles directly from Italy. Designed to exude minimalistic elegance or rustic, Osteria-like charm, the decor of these eateries add to the ambiance, giving you the true blue 'Italiano' experience.
While pastas, pizzas and risottos form a quintessential part of the cuisine, these London based Italian restaurants in Soho really go out of their way to make the experience more authentic. Tender Milanese veal cooked to perfection, delightful Sardinian gnocchi, and melt-in-your-mouth Tuscan osso buco are all cooked with traditional finesse. Much like in Italy, seasonal influences play a huge role at these eateries too - fresh spinach, fragrant basil and flavourful tomato-based recipes abound in summer while the woodsy taste of white Alba truffles add to the delight of autumnal dishes.
No meal in Italy is complete without a strong shot of 'caffe' and some yummy 'dolce'. You'll find innumerable gelaterias, serving up mouth watering fruit and chocolate flavoured ice creams and homemade sorbets. For those looking for something a bit more substantial, traditional desserts like airy tiramisus, panna cottas or fried dough balls filled with chocolate and ricotta cheese are great when paired with espresso or affogato. With so many delightful Italian restaurants, right here in the heart of Soho, London, it's easy to feel like you've been transported to a quaint 'trattoria' in the countryside of Italy.