You can see, and taste, the influence of owner Alessandro’s Umbrian heritage in Il Girasole’s classic Italian menu. In particular, this Italian trattoria and pizzeria along Earlsfield’s Garratt Lane is packed with regional specialties hailing from Norcia, a town and commune in southeastern Umbria; sausages and ham made from wild boar and pork feature prominently, along with ample servings of that most precious culinary commodity – black truffle. This is one London Italian restaurant worth seeking out for anyone wanting to tick Norcia and Umbrian regional cuisines off their Italian gastronomic bucketlist.
Hailing from Terni in Umbria, Il Girasole’s proprietor Alessandro has worked his way through the ranks of Italian hospitality, making the leap from manager at London’s Osteria Antica Bologna to his current position as the proud owner of his own trattoria and pizzeria. And he’s done a sterling job, keeping the menu classically-structured, with a keen eye for the best ingredients, regional Italian specifics, and beautiful presentation. The restaurant’s premises, too, close to the action along Earlsfield’s Garratt Lane, reflect the down-home tone of his rustic Umbrian-inflected offering, with Italian furniture and artwork commissioned from a local Wandsworth artist.
Umbrian (and even more specifically Norcian) dishes, dot the menu at Il Girasole. Tortellini alla norcina, for instance, combines egg tortellini with Umbrian sausage, mushrooms, and a black truffle sauce. Another traditional and hearty dish, this one listed under secondi piatti, is the salsiccia e lenticchie con rosmarino, a stew of Umbrian sausage and lentils served with garlic pizza. Black truffle and Umbrian sausage even makes it onto this south London restaurant’s pizza menu, in the form of the house special Norcia. Earlsfield’s premier Italian trattoria, Il Girasole’s Garratt Lane premises are often buzzing, so book early and take your place at this very Umbrian table.
This was our first visit to Il Girasole and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The menu has a good choice of dishes and the food was tasty and well presented. The staff were really nice and the service was good. We will definitely go there again.
Excellent meal again, Mozzarella Tomato and smoky Aubergine puree to share starter, Wife had the Salmon on spinach and I had the steak and roast potatoes with rocket side salad! Unfortunately Alex, Barbara's husband, was not there as unwell. but Barbara and Christine provided the usual friendly welcome and excellent service along with the Chefs. Great local restaurant for good food and service. 10/10
Great place as always, good food, personalised atention and and service with a smile. Always a place to come back. Love the pasta and the pizza
Really lovely family restaurant. Great atmosphere, very busy and popular, and justifiably so! And the food is excellent, will always go here when in the area. Highly recommended.
Love this place! Great food, good wine, lovely people. I recommend an aperil spritzer to start. The Chianti Classico was lovely with the food. The fritti platter of squid, prawns, and courgettes were tasty. The mussels in white wine and cream gorgeous. Boys had pizzas which were good. I had pappardelle with rabbit ragu which was delicious. The missus had black ink pasta with crab meat. She loved it. Go to Il Girasole!
We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at Il Girasole. Wandsworth residents are lucky to have this excellent neighbourhood Italian restaurant where the food is delicious, service friendly and the ambiance very comfortable. My deep fried calamari and courgette mix was very special as was my friend's goats cheese starter. The pasta of the day and sausage and lentil stew were also very good, as were the pannacotta said. Including wine the bill was £64 for two, good value, and we shall return.
Il Girasole is a neighbourhood restaurant with excellent Italian food which is very well presented. Service is very good and the main courses and starters are reasonably priced. The atmosphere is busy and friendly. I would recommend the specials which are on offer each day. All in all, this is becoming a favourite restaurant with many locals in the Earlsfield area.
A wonderful atmosphere with welcoming and helpful Italian staff. This restaurant gives you a real taste of Italy both in its food and decor. The food was fresh, honest and typically moorish. If you want a casual and family friendly Italian meal with high quality food and wine, this is your place. We went on a Saturday at 7pm and it was packed. Book in advance!
Such a wonderfully warm environment, delicious and creative quality food and attentive service. Made our New Year's Eve meal even more special. Thanks to everyone at Il Girasole - we'll be back soon
Excellent, as ever. Lovely service, delicious food without frills - just fresh ingredients cooked lovingly -, and a lively atmosphere. What more could you want of your local restaurant? We feel welcome every time, and will keep coming back. It's great with kids too - the owner and all his staff/family are so friendly towards them. Not a given in London.