Trattoria Verdi has to be one of the most long-standing Italian restaurants in London, a mature player in the crowded Bloomsbury dining scene that has been faithfully serving regular patrons from the same premises down Southampton Row since 1964. In the beginning, Trattoria Verdi was a novelty to Camden locals – now it is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the city, famous for its focus on Italian-style seafood and dessert. And, as if this neighbourhood Italian needed anything else to assure its authenticity and charm, guests enjoying Trattoria Verdi’s superlative dining experience are serenaded nightly by live piano music. Be sure to book ahead.
Trattoria Verdi has been humbly but capably setting the standard for casually fine Italian dining – trattoria-style – in London for nigh on 50 years. This cosy restaurant has remained a fixture in Bloomsbury and Camden down Southampton Row since then, and now boasts two private dining rooms often used by regulars who want to bring friends and family to their favourite Italian restaurant for a proper gastronomic celebration. We encourage newcomers, however, to book a table and see what this powerhouse of Italian cuisine is capable of.
Part of the attraction for those who frequently visit Trattoria Verdi is that the effortlessly authentic a la carte menu of Italian delicacies is supplemented by daily specials, meaning there is always something new to try when you step across the threshold at this veteran restaurant in London’s Bloomsbury. There’s a definite seafood bias at Trattoria Verdi, with antipasti including rustic half-shell mussels in garlic butter and Italian-style whitebait fritters, plus the chef’s special seafood salad complete with secret sauce. Maritime and riverine delights certainly dominate the selection of main courses, with sea bream, Portuguese cod, San Remo plaice, Dover sole and king gamberoni, Sicilian-style trout and halibut all on offer. Carnivores and vegetarians alike have plenty to choose from, but don’t leave without trying Trattoria Verdi’s delectable desserts: ask your perennially charming waiter to wheel out the trolley and take your pick from the homemade selection.
Yet another lovely meal. Which was served by friendly smiling staff. Always a pleasure. Will be back again next year to sample the delicious menu. Nice to hear music actually being played by a pianist instead of piped music.
Excellent and very helpful service, nothing too much trouble for a party of four ladies who had a lot to say to each other! Didn't worry about how long we took over lunch.
First visit to this restaurant and we will be back as good ambience friendly staff hot food but please a bit more veg and don't overcook the veg