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Italian Cotto

Lambeth Italian £££ +100
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About Italian Cotto

Please note: if you are booking for parties of ten people or more, please call the restaurant directly. Thank you for your understanding.

On Westminster Bridge Road, close to Waterloo station and within short walking distance to South Bank’s many sights, let London’s The Italian Cotto show you the goods – and by that we mean their amazing array of tantalizing Italian dishes and Mediterranean food. Great wines meet wholesome and tasty homemade food at this great Lambeth restaurant. And of course we can’t talk about an Italian restaurant without mentioning the beautifully prepared pasta and salads. Come by and enjoy their wonderful pizzas, all lovingly made from fine ingredients. The Italian Cotto on Westminster Bridge Road is your gateway to the Mediterranean.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday Closed
Italian Cotto, 89 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HR London

Further Information

Committed to bringing you the best of the best Mediterranean flavours, Lambeth’s The Italian Cotto on Westminster Bridge Road, close to Waterloo Station and a number of top attractions like the Imperial War Museum, County Hall and St George's Cathedral, serves cuisine that’s always fresh, using only the finest imported ingredients and seasonal produce. The vegetables and pasta ingredients are carefully selected featuring a high percentage of local and organic products. Like your food fresh and lovingly prepared? Good. Need it prepared a special way because of allergies? No problem. London’s The Italian Cotto looks out for their customers with dietary restrictions and the staff is always knowledgeable about what goes into each and every meal.

Using many organic and all-natural ingredients, The Italian Cotto’s pizza alone is a standout among the many varieties in London’s Lambeth. The Italian Cotto even prepares purely vegetarian and gluten-free varieties – try finding that in the neighbourhood. It’s an entirely different approach and philosophy, one that celebrates the fine flavours of the healthy and light ingredients so synonymous with Mediterranean cuisine, all the while ensuring high quality and wonderful taste. Enjoy!

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CHEF'S CHOICE

136 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 136 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
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1 review so far 6
01.07.2017 08:17

Wonderful little family owned restaurant. Went there two days in a row because we liked the food and service that much. It was just like being in Italy for a moment!

1 review so far 6
28.06.2017 21:44

Authentic Italian fare served by people who know culture as well as cuisine. A real culinary and social experience and one to be repeated. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
26.05.2017 22:39

Great, totally authentic Italian restaurant. Delicious pizzas and pasta. Staff really good and friendly. Food excellent. Good wine list as well. Staff were good with our children too.

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 23:04

Ptenotato dall'Italia ... mangiato ottimemente e la pizza senza glutine è davvero buona ... personale gentilissimo e italiano ... prezzi accettabili ... consigliatissimo ... da non perdere.

1 review so far 3
24.11.2014 09:13

Scary for Celiac's but great for everyone else. We visited this restaurant because of their expansive gluten free menu and the fact that it was our daughter's (who suffers from Celiac) 10th birthday. In reading reviews, I learned of one customer that had requested a gluten free meal and they received a regular meal resulting in sickness. Because of this previous review, we were very careful in ordering but still received a regular meal. We told the waiter two times at the table that we were requesting gluten free for my daughter. He didn't seem to acknowledge us so I went to him at the bar and told him again. He informed me that he had submitted a gluten free order for my daughter. He later delivered a meal with gluten which he didn't seem to have a clue about. He was not apologetic and really didn't seem to care. It may have been a language issue as his English wasn't the best. In any event, we didn't figure out the dish was gluten free until after he delivered it and we gave it a taste test. It was a pretty scary experience for my daughter. Despite all that, we all enjoyed our meals but you must be extremely vigilant if you are going to order gluten at this restaurant. By the way, the management didn't seem to care about the mistake either. I guess the bottom line is that there are so few good gluten free restaurants that we will have to give it a second try.

1 review so far 5
14.02.2015 12:00

Dining at Cotto was a great experience when I visited for a date. We ordered a bottle of the house white because we both liked dry wine, but in truth it wasn't as light as I was hoping. The food was fantastic - the avocado, prawn, smoked salmon and salad starter we had was more than enough to share, and our mains were equally tasty. The decor was nice, the service was friendly, prices were very decent and the atmosphere was fine - it actually wasn't as busy as I thought it was going to be for a Friday night. It was really easy to find as well - only a quick walk away from Waterloo station (or a trip on the Bakerloo line if you're feeling lazy!). Overall, I'd definitely recommend this place.

3 reviews so far 6
24.06.2015 11:15

By far the best Italian food in London, true home cooking and to make it even better, most of the menu can be altered to gluten free, accommodating those with Celiac disease or an intolerance. I have been several times now, each occasion with a different friend and they have all enjoyed it just as much as I have. It is so reassuring to have a safe place to eat when going out for dinner with friends and not subject them to a dietary menu that suits me. I will of course be back again soon :)

1 review so far 4
22.03.2017 10:39

Food was delicious and very reasonable, slightly disappointing that you have to pay extra for bread and all deserts are the same price so some seem great value whereas others seem a little expensive. Almost everything can be served gluten free which is amazing however you so have to pay a couple of pounds extra. I had gluten free pasta with homemade sausage, would recommend! Ee also shared a bottle of prosecco which was very nice and also great value. Service was quick and very friendly. Would definitely recommend for a seemingly authentic Italian restaurant and meal.

1 review so far 6
03.02.2017 23:24

Brilliant!! The food was excellent as was the service. One of our group has celiac disease it was a real treat for him to have options from the whole menu including gluten free pizzas and pasta dishes. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Cotto has a good atmosphere. I was glad we had booked as the restaurant soon filled up.

1 review so far 6
26.05.2016 15:30

We went to Cotto on March 11, 2016. We were visiting from the US and hosting English relatives. My son has cealic disease and Cotto handled GF food better than any place I've ever been. My son loved it and it was a highlight of our trip. Food, both gf and non-gf was great and service was fantastic.

1 review so far 6
02.11.2015 10:02

We visited here last Thurs after stumbling across it via a Google search for an allergy friendly restaurant. We had a beautiful meal, the service was top notch by friendly staff who were very knowledgable re-safe foods for our multiple allergic son. The red wine we chose was delicious too (Rioja). We would highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
06.06.2015 21:29

We have been to Cotto several times before and really love the fact that our son, who has coeliac disease, can order anything he likes from the menu safe in the knowledge that it will be completely gluten free. The service is excellent and the food is always delicious. We'll definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2015 14:38

Absolutely incredible experience for anyone with celiac or a real allergy to gluten proteins/wheat. Almost the entire extensive menu could be done gluten-free and everything tasted great. The owner has celiac disease and came around to personally speak with everyone ordering from the gluten-free menu. The wait staff was attentive and helpful.

1 review so far 5
06.04.2017 10:45

The restaurant was very busy so we were glad we had reserved a table for 5. This was in a good spot and laid out so no one felt left out. We all enjoyed the food. The service was friendly. The meals were a little slow in coming but we enjoyed each other's company and the overall happy, if slightly noisy, surroundings.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2016 18:56

Excellent! We went there because our daughter has coeliac desease. She had delicuous gluten free pizza but you can choose almost everything from the menu with gluten free option. The owner spoke to us and was very kind. We are from Spain but we would go there again!!!

1 review so far 6
16.02.2016 21:31

This is a great family run restaurant with a good choice of gluten free dishes. Food is of a high standard and portions are large. Wine list is good and reasonable. Staff are very friendly Would recommend this restaurant and will definitely eat there again RGM

1 review so far 6
25.12.2015 09:18

We all had a lovely meal on Saturday night, the food was great and the staff are all very helpful. A great finish to our day as we had been to see The Nutcracker in the afternoon at The Royal Opera House. Great day all round.

2 reviews so far 5
16.05.2015 08:44

Brilliant gluten free selection. Helpful and friendly staff. We had a large party of 12 and they got the food out efficiently. They were patient and pleasant whilst we waited for a couple of stragglers who were running late. The gluten free bread was lovely and the pizza bases were the best I've had.

1 review so far 5
30.07.2015 23:04

We were placed in the entrance which was very noisy, we asked to be moved and though the waiter was accomodating, the manager seemed to be annoyed. Apart from this the food was very good and the service okay. I am a celiac, so was pleased to have so many choices. Will go again,

1 review so far 6
10.10.2015 22:34

Genuinely Italian, run casually & modestly but also skillfully by an Italian gentleman. Only the tomato sauce (perhps industrial) could be better prepared. Must go when you're around & have been fed up with pizzaxxxxss type of fake Italian pizzas&dishes.

1 review so far 6
15.09.2014 19:22

Took my girlfriend who is coeliac to her first gluten free restaurant. Thrilled with available GF choices. Food was very good. Service was attentive and we were made to feel welcome. Excellent little restaurant at good prices. Would revist again.

1 review so far 5
18.01.2017 13:30

The restaurant was it usual friendly place and the staff are attentive, but we thought the standard of the food was not up to it's usual standard this time. We have visited here several times over the years and are always made to feel welcome.

1 review so far 5
15.03.2015 07:47

The atmosphere was friendly and had an authentic Italian vibe. The pizza I chose was delicious. My girlfriend went for a gluten-free pizza which was wasn't quite as nice as the base was rather too thick. Overall, though, a very enjoyable place to eat.

1 review so far 6
18.05.2015 07:40

Excellent variety of gluten-free food and very welcoming staff. The food was delicious and the service was very attentive, and they didn't worry when we took so long to order as we were talking too much!

1 review so far 6
31.01.2015 11:47

This system of reservation is nice and simple. I got the restaurant on time and they had a table ready for us. It's really good that it's standardised, I hope more restaurants come to use this.

1 review so far 6
04.07.2015 22:16

Cotto is a friendly authentic Italian, very convenient for supper after a performance at the Old Vic. We saw High Society and dined at 6 and the restaurant was already bustling with a very nice atmosphere.

1 review so far 4
24.09.2014 09:37

Gluten free pizza tasted good and liked the various toppings. However, the edge of pizza crust was very tough to chew therefore unedible. Staff standing outside by the restaurant main entrance door to smoke does not look attractive or inviting for others to come inside. Overall, enjoyed the experience but small areas needs improving..

1 review so far 6
28.08.2014 19:59

It was great to go to restaurant and have a really good choice of gluten free food on the menu. The food was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 5
19.02.2015 21:54

Yum Italian food in a family run restaurant. Not always an amazing atmosphere but good food and wine, friendly service and, impressively, 9/10 dishes on the menu are avail gluten free inc the bread, pizza, pasta and tiramisu, at no extra cost!

2 reviews so far 5
29.03.2015 09:03

Very nice value for money restaurant.great selection of gluten free meals.staff were all very helpful and attentive.only slight downside was atmosphere wasn't fantastic and decor a little dated,but all in all a pleasant experience and would visit again if in the area.

1 review so far 6
04.06.2016 12:30

Great venue for a party with a number of gluten intolerant people. Very friendly, great service and excellent food. Also easily reached on public transport and with street parking nearby. Will definitely be going back.

1 review so far 6
04.06.2016 21:40

Great food, friendly atmosphere and almost everything on the menu can be order gluten free! Please note that I did not try any of the wines thus I cannot offer any feedback on these.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2016 23:03

I tried the Italian Cotto due to its proximity to the Old Vic theatre and was delighted by the great food and wine. It has a lovely friendly atmosphere and attentive staff...I'll be back!

1 review so far 5
17.06.2015 21:40

Great food. Lots of gluten free options and the regular food my companions ate looked good too. I enjoyed my GF lasagna! Would have enjoyed a side salad or vegetable but did not see any option for that. Would recommend!

1 review so far 6
19.07.2016 18:38

Amazing restaurant. Best in London and lovely staff. Had a fantastic time. I will be going again soon. The wheat free bread and pizza was to die for. I could eat it everyday

1 review so far 6
21.08.2016 10:14

Fantastic Italian food and atmosphere. Amazing staff. Brilliant gluten free and celiac food options with separate cooking areas. Had an amazing time with our party of 7, 3 of which were celiacs.

1 review so far 6
26.06.2016 16:07

Great authentic Italian. Best Gluten Free pizza ever tasted. Would recommend to those with allergies as well as those without. Good value and good service too. Will be returning soon I hope!

1 review so far 5
05.08.2016 22:01

Top restaurant waar ook de Italiaan zelf graag komt. De eigenaar zelf is glutenvrij en alles op de kaart kan gekozen worden. De wijnkaart is schappelijk en laat je voor een goede fles rustig adviseren door de eigenaar.

1 review so far 5
09.02.2016 13:20

It's a nice place, and the staff is very welcoming. Their pizzas are great! The wild mushroom risotto was a bit bland for me though, but it might just be due to my hungarian taste buds. :) )

1 review so far 6
15.05.2015 15:09

A warm welcome, cheerful and friendly manager, nice intimate restaurant, excellent food and reasonable prices. The portions were pretty good too. We loved the place and look forward to going again.

1 review so far 6
18.09.2014 21:52

Such a treat to have so much choice on a menu, Cotto is Gluten free heaven. Excellent food, very attentive service and we will be back whenever we are in London

1 review so far 6
06.04.2016 09:47

Beautiful food great customer service in a relaxed environment! The complimentary olives are to die for! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an authentic Italian restaurant experience!

1 review so far 5
30.08.2016 23:03

A warm and friendly atmosphere with GREAT gluten free menu! And the non-GF is very tasty, too. Good wine selection. The gluten free bread is freshly baked and they have two kitchens to prevent contamination of gluten.

1 review so far 6
03.10.2016 20:14

Sehr grosse Auswahl an glutenfreien Produkten. Geschmacklich waren die Speisen hervorragend. Leider waren die Portionen ziemlich gross. Ich habe das Tiramisu als Dessert bestellt. Leider war es nicht wirklich lecker

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 15:47

Absolutely brilliant! First time visit, me being Coeliac and glad to say no problems at all. Huge portions, no room for desserts and defo value for money. We will return.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2016 21:13

Da buoni Italiani abbiamo apprezzato molto la cucina nostrana anche a Londra. Nota particolare per i piatti senza glutine, particolarmente apprezzati da Lavinia. Ci ritorneremo per la pizza.Giovanni Roma

1 review so far 6
13.02.2017 23:31

Food was incredible. Lobely atmosphere. Best Italian gluten free food I have ever had. Staff very welcoming and helpful. Will definitely be back. Tiramisu was out of this world.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 19:30

Great restaurant! So many "truly" gluten free options, I had a hard time deciding what to order! For all of you celiacs out there, this restaurant is a must!

1 review so far 6
19.08.2015 08:56

good esperience .. vert good italian food and the gluten free meal is a fantastic plus From Paolo - i am italian and i know very well italian taste

1 review so far 6
16.05.2016 08:28

Enjoyed a light lunch here in May. Handy location for where we wanted to be. Wonderfully Italian, great pasta, delivered promptly as they knew we were on a schedule.