Papa don’t preach, but if he did, he’d recommend you head to South Kensington’s award-winning, Pappa Roma for the simply divine Italian food turned out by a kitchen of lofty talent. The pizza dough is hand-stretched and the pizzas themselves baked in the only wood-fired oven in this part of London, the pasta is homemade fresh everyday, the cheese, olive oils, and even the tomatoes are selected by the chefs and imported from Italy to be combines with best of local products so you know you’re going to indulge in only the finest Italian dishes when you take your places at Pappa Roma’s Glendower Place restaurant.
Pappa Roma’s head chef Nicola has over 30 years experience, trained in the heart of Italy, and gracing this South Kensington Italian restaurant with a presence that guarantees the quality of the cuisine on offer. He picks the olive oils and many other of the vital imported ingredients himself, supervises the pasta and pizza prep, and it’s his culinary encyclopedia of recipes and gastronomic nous that keep this special southwest London kitchen ticking over. Early in the morning, the area’s only traditional wood-fired oven gets warmed up, and in go the foccacia and ciabatta ready for the first guests.
That oven keeps going all day, turning out hand-stretched pizzas that are proving incredibly popular among South Kensington locals. We recommend the signature Pappa Roma pizza, a perfectly balanced twelve-inch pie topped with mozzarella, grilled courgette, cherry tomatoes, Burrata cheese and Parma ham. The full a la carte menu is classically structured, as you should expect from any Italian restaurant in London with a worthy claim to authenticity, with the homemade egg pappardelle with Italian sausage meat, courgette, cherry tomato and truffle cream at the top of our list of the restaurant’s pasta dishes. Further or, Ssecondi piatti like the Scottish beef or sea bass are an irresistible lure to Pappa Roma’s Glendower Place address.
Fantastic traditional Italian Restaurant - excellent food and excellent service. Fantastic home made pasta and good value wine. Delicious fresh desserts. A pleasure from start to finish!
Very delicious food and very fast and friendly staff, I really felt like I was at home in Italy! definitely I’ll come back soon! :)
Fabulous meal and genuine Italian pizza with deep fried prawns & courgettes to start. First time meal from Papa Roma in South Kennsington London found on trip advisor. Would definitely recommend.
Excellent meal with excellent service. Had 3 courses all of which were fabulous. Would highly recommend and would certainly pay another visit when I am next in London! I would highly recommend this lovely place.
Quietly located away from the hustle and bustle of South Kensington, yet within a few minutes walk of the tube station, Pappa Roma's Italian Restaurant is a genuine, authentic experience of real Italian cuisine... My pizza base was typically rustic and clearly oven baked, without that sweetness of a Pizza Express pizza, where the dough has a one teaspoon measure of sugar added! The toppings on my "Primavera" were generous, and my side order of tomatoes were 100% Italian, so they were properly red, and tasted sweet, unlike the predominance of Dutch tomatoes preferred by the supermarkets... these Italian tomatoes were accompanied by red onions, and fresh basil. A glass of the Barbera was a perfect Italian red wine for my meal, and to finish, the cappuccino was suitably strong. The service was attentive, without being intrusive, the staff seemed happy, and were very helpful and patient with my group of diners. The price was reasonable, and I wish I could return sooner than September!!
Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Really felt we could be in Italy, that is, until the risotto arrived. It was completely overcooked into a mush, however, once we pointed this out to the Italian manager he apologised and immediately re-ordered it for us. He soon returned to the table, having tasted the risotto himself and agreed it was terribly over-cooked and apologised profusely. It seemed as an Italian he was almost ashamed his kitchen had served such a bad risotto. A new freshly cooked risotto arrived which was outstanding. Any kitchen can make a mistake and I was impressed at how well the manager dealt with the situation. All of our remaining food was flawless. I wouldn't hesitate returning to Pappa Roma.
We always enjoy the food at Pappa Roma, however, on this occasion the service was very poor. It seems as the main patron was not in the restaurant the team in charge had made plans for the evening and wanted guests to leave as soon as possible. Although we had a table booking for 21:30 we still expected to be able to enjoy our meal without being rushed by the waitress. We had barely finished our mains when we were asked whether we wanted any desserts whilst at the same time being told that they wanted to close the restaurant so we'd better be quick! Really disappointing, particularly as it took the same waitress 10 minutes to bring us the menu in the first place when we arrived (and no, the restaurant was not busy but she was chatting to her friends...). So next time we will make sure the main patron is there as he is an excellent host!
Pappa Roma is a great and authentic Italian restaurant. The customer service was fantastic and the food even better. My mum said it was the best melanzane alla parmagiana she’s ever had (& she’s not easily pleased). You know an Italian restaurant is going to be good when there are Italian people eating at it!
Our first time visiting Pappa Roma and based upon the online reviews our expectations were high and were met. We were welcomed very politely and the service was efficient. The menu was extensive and very reasonably priced for this area of London. Our choice of meal was served promptly and was delicious. We will be returning soon.
Friendly staff were quite happy to let us sit outside but the wind blew us in, the wine list was reasonably priced and we enjoyed the Chianti reserve, a delicious red, the parmigiana we ordered for a starter was delicious and all three of u enjoyed the tagliata and salad; we were too full for anything else. It was busy enough there and the food and atmosphere were perfect for a lunchtime get together. I would recommend this for a lunch and supper, this is a lovely local and seems popular with those from the nearby Lycee; French clientele spells good food.