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5.6 /6 Wonderful 52 Reviews

Il Girasole

Earlsfield Italian £££ +100
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About Il Girasole

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:30
Il Girasole, 189 Garratt Lane, SW18 4DR London

Further Information

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.


52 Reviews

5.6 /6 Wonderful 52 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 12:58

great meal and good value - nice atmosphere and very authentic food. Will recommend to friends and be back as it's so local to us

1 review so far 6
22.07.2017 12:21

Fantastic, fresh food and friendly staff. New specials, unique ingredients and the biggest prawns I've ever seen. We had a meal for 4 which was well priced and absolutely delicious.

2 reviews so far 6
02.07.2017 11:52

As always, lovely food. Great atmosphere and charming people. They always seem to have time to chat and make you feel at home. And thank you for making my son's birthday special.

1 review so far 6
01.07.2017 07:47

Great Italian trattoria with unusual menu choices as well as standard pizza and pasta. Good service and attentive staff. And we got a complimentary limoncello! Really enjoyed it.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 21:19

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!

1 review so far 5
08.04.2016 08:35

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.

1 review so far 6
16.05.2016 16:57

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.

1 review so far 6
02.01.2017 22:06

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

1 review so far 6
19.06.2016 08:44

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!

2 reviews so far 6
26.06.2016 16:03

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.

1 review so far 6
21.04.2017 08:18

A true Italian restaurant which is the closest to real Italy you'll find in London - my husbands italian and loves their pizzas - he won't eat them anywhere else. The food is generous, and well priced and the service excellent with friendly staff who are equally passionate about their food - go!!!

1 review so far 6
06.11.2015 05:39

It is a very cozy place. I usually go with my family and my daughter loves it. The food and wine is great, it is authentic Italian food. I really recommend it if you want a nice evening out to unwind from your daily doing. I hope you enjoy it too ;)

2 reviews so far 6
26.06.2017 10:53

Lovely family-run restaurant. Food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Really good value for money and we look forward to visiting Il Girasole again!

1 review so far 6
01.11.2016 08:46

We live just down the road from this lovely neighbourhood trattoria and it took us right back to Italy! The atmosphere was cosy, warm and friendly and both of the wait staff on our table were absolutely lovely. Our meal was delicious - particularly the Tortellini alla norcina!! 5 stars!

1 review so far 3
08.02.2017 21:16

The pizza was disappointing, particularly as there is a designated pizza chef. The olives were old and dried up, the tomato sauce sparse and the mozzarella lacked flavour. I'll stick to Pizza Express and will not be recommending Il Girasole to friends!

1 review so far 6
05.04.2017 11:21

The food was spectacular as always. Such a lovely restaurant and the staff are brilliant, always happy to help recommend a wine and know their stuff. I cant stop thinking about the Umbrian Sausage Tortellini with Truffle Sauce we had last night!

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 13:43

What a lovely little find. It was a Valentine's Day menu so we had limited options but the food was amazing. The octopus and prawn dishes were delicious. Also the staff were welcoming and attentive. Definitely will be going back.

4 reviews so far 6
27.06.2016 09:06

fabulous meal, fabulous service, great wine, Gnocchi, and melanzane wonderful....everything great, as always.....It's definitely my favourite restaurant, anyplace! I go there again and again, and bring people from all parts of London and farther to eat there!

2 reviews so far 6
25.03.2017 10:03

I took pops here for his birthday 🎉. There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere and cracking service. Each course was top draw. Win win overall, although I'm still not convinced grappa isn't the bad thing.

4 reviews so far 6
15.07.2016 17:50

Most delicious restaurant in London. the food is always special, unusual, hot (important for me) the atmosphere and service friendly and fun. very efficient. I love it, and it is my first choice always.

1 review so far 6
21.04.2016 07:27

Fantastic restaurant, fantastic food. You know you've found a gem of an Italian when the owner is Italian, waiters/waitresses are Italian and all the tables around you are Italian! Always a good sign

1 review so far 5
06.08.2015 17:02

Lasagnette was dry to the point of cracking when I tried to cut it, but somehow with the blue cheese sauce the softer parts I still enjoyed. Other dishes were very nice as usual, service as friendly as always.

1 review so far 6
18.11.2015 08:06

Authentic italian. Great food. Friendly staff. We had the pizza rotolo, which was epic. Price was a bit higher than usual chains but atmosphere was a bit special so probably worth it.

4 reviews so far 6
02.03.2017 10:50

delicious slow cooked veal...perfection. melt in the mouth.....as usual, lovely atmosphere, service, and wonderful food. I only wish I had the capacity to eat several main courses! My friends pasta was fabulous!

1 review so far 6
20.12.2015 13:58

Excellent in every way, very friendly, efficient and speedy service. The recommendations for their food and wine were absolutely perfect. Great experience and so we will be eating there again soon.

1 review so far 6
15.11.2016 09:40

This is a great restaurant, food, wines and always welcoming and the farewells usually include a limoncello. The specials are always worth picking but the a la carte is still good.

1 review so far 6
16.08.2015 12:18

As ever, a wonderful experience at our favourite neighbourhood restaurant. Great service, brilliant authentic food - the lamb special was particularly tasty - and a very lovely night had by all.

1 review so far 6
02.01.2016 16:34

Excellent food with a nice variety on the menu, came across as a family run restaurant with good service and a genuine care for whether you liked your meal.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2016 07:46

An excellent restaurant. So friendly and really tasty food. Always popular with the locals and never disappoints - we had a lovely evening with good food and wine. Buono!

1 review so far 6
26.01.2016 07:39

Great authentic Italian with reliable staples, fresh specials and always a warm welcome . Highly recommended - equally good for a quick lunch or a longer special event.

1 review so far 5
16.02.2017 10:08

Food very good, tasty and well cooked. A bit expensive, but it's worth it. Good service, waitress has been very nice with us. Place is also very nice, quiet and with good atmosphere.

1 review so far 5
22.05.2016 17:35

A very busy, family run Italian restaurant. The hosts can't do enough for you and the quality of the food is great. Book early to avoid disappointment or having to take away.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 08:13

Fantastic food, wonderful service and great value. Will definitely visit again. The calamari in particular was beautiful. Felt like a genuine Italian dining experience. Top marks

1 review so far 6
03.06.2017 09:33

Lovely local restaurant with friendly staff. Delicious food and value for money will definitely go again. I would recommend the pork carpaccio starter it was delicious!

1 review so far 6
09.05.2016 07:11

Excellent meal fresh authentic Italian cuisine friendly service good value for money Sea bass was beautifully cooked with crispy skin on a bed of delicious spinach

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 08:27

A very enjoyable evening in a family run Italian restaurant with a good menu, well prepared food, good wine, and attentive and friendly service. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
31.08.2016 08:26

The best Italian restaurant outside of Italy. Beautiful food, great menu and wonderful service. Also very reasonably priced. A hidden gem in Wandsworth! Would highly reccomend!

6 reviews so far 5
24.07.2017 08:34

Neighbourhood and local restaurant. Very pleasant and helpful staff (needed wifi to do work). Food arrived in good time, and was excellent quality. Very good value - chose the lunch specials.

2 reviews so far 6
30.04.2016 07:54

Great restaurant. Wide range of customers from couples to families. Food just perfect. Atmosphere buzzy. Service delightful. Good menu and specials. A proper local eaterie.

1 review so far 6
04.02.2017 09:46

Great. Lovely food and atmosphere and b friendly staff as well. Highly recommended. We're definitely going to go back soon. Thank you very much inseed

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 10:16

Delicious food - particularly the pizzas and the calamari/zuchinni fritti. Really nice atmosphere, good prices and friendly staff. Not really sure what could be improved!

1 review so far 6
19.07.2015 10:07

Great pasta, definitely go again. Place has a nice vibe, good service and affordable. Probably the best tortellini I have had, hard to fault really.

1 review so far 6
31.07.2015 09:01

We had an excellent meal at il Girasole. The food, service and atmosphere were all great. I can recommend this restaurant as somewhere to go.

1 review so far 6
25.12.2016 07:24

A very small and welcoming restaurant with regular clientele serving great food, with a great atmosphere, very friendly staff, we will be going back soon.

1 review so far 5
21.09.2015 07:06

A good local Italian restaurant with some interesting pasta options. The lInguini polipetti was particularly good. Service was friendly and the wine excellent. All very reasonably priced.

1 review so far 5
29.10.2016 13:51

The food is great, owners very friendly and the atmosphere is always lively. We're very lucky to have this restaurant so close to where we live.

1 review so far 5
02.08.2016 14:44

Lovely, intimate Italian restaurant in Wandsworth. We've eaten there several times and the food is tasty, with a varied menu and the service is equally good.

3 reviews so far 4
31.05.2017 17:39

Lovely restaurant with authentic Italian food. Unfortunately the food was not quite up to the usual standard due to unexpected staff (main chef?) shortage. Despite this the service was excellent.

2 reviews so far 3
14.07.2017 12:24

My first disappointing meal at this restaurant. Usually the food is great, but last night's main course was not so good and the management didn't deal with the situation as well as I would have hoped.

1 review so far 4
29.05.2017 07:44

Good food ! Waited a little bit but was fine anyway. The restaurant is nice and the waitress and waiter nice as well. Thank you