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Review of Il Portico

Il Portico
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Ranked #369 of 25 298 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$46 - US$72
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
Description: The oldest family run restaurant in London. Spanning 6 decades and three generations, Il Portico Restaurant on Kensington High Street has been cooking regional Italian specialities since it was first opened in the 1960"s by acclaimed chef Pino Chiavarini. Still managed to this day by the same family, siblings James and Francesca draw heavily from their roots, providing simple, authentic Italian food from their home region of Emilia Romagna and surrounding area. Whilst the family are always on hand to welcome you in, our Executive chef, Eduardo (currently in his 25th year of service with us) concentrates on slow, homemade dishes with a sense of history and provenance.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

The food here is sublime. The staff very friendly. The menu is easy to choose from. Some outdoor seating but mostly inside.

Thank Zehra J
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Stayed nearby in a hotel for a catch up with a friend. We saw this place was close and had good reviews,so booked it and were not disappointed. Really good service from the off. Food came out promptly, but we were in no way rushed and took our time before ordering dessert. The food was lovely, I had Duck and my friend had lamb. Both cooked beautifully and in lovely sauces. I had a coffee panna cotta for dessert which was gorgeous. Would recommend and would definitely visit again if in the area.

Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We have used il Portico regularly when going to Opera Holland Park, most recently last week.
The service was friendly and efficient and the food first rate. We had the beetroot salad starter followed by the chicken special and a veal chop. All cooked perfectly. There is a reasonable selection of wine by the glass. We did not have dessert but the coffee was excellent. This is a great choice for a pre opera meal as it is only 10 minutes away.

Thank MikeDGlos
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

I have eaten in nice and also traditional restaurants in several cities in Italy, but Il Portico is South Ken, London, tops everything!

The service is authentic Italian and the atmosphere is top top.

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

My wife and I were visiting London and staying nearby. We booked a table for 7pm which was not a busy time here. The selection of seafood and game meats at this place is fantastic. My wife had the gluten-free spaghetti with clams and I had the rabbit special. Both meals were expertly cooked and arrived in a reasonable time. The owner/manager (James) was incredible: he was friendly and sociable and he really made us feel welcome and at home. Definitely going back next time we are in the city.

Note that the selection of gluten-free pasta may be limited so it's best to call ahead if gluten-free options are a must for you.

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Thank Stephen S
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