Tucked away between Barbican and Farringdon stations in east London, Il Boteglio is a bit of a Smithfield institution. The team behind Il Boteglio have been feeding hungry journalists and bankers for almost thirty years. This homely Italian restaurant stands out along Long Lane for its vibrant blue shopfront and is always busy at lunchtime with a jovial crowd. Inside, the interior is decorated with Chianti bottles, wine barrels and potted palms and the rustic Italian food is just as charming. With its range of pizza, pasta, salads, ristotto and seafood – Il Boteglio caters for all palates at affordable prices, and regulars love the friendly, down-to-earth service.
Venue Details & Map
Il Boteglio Restaurant
60-61 Long LaneThe CityLondonEC1A 9EJ
- Public transport:
- Farringdon, Underground
After a few pints, my husband was directionally challenged and walked us 6 blocks in the wrong direction looking for another local restaurant in the area. When we found it, it was closed for a private function. So, with blood sugars plummeting and already way past our dinner hour (we are American , so 7 is late for us; 9 pm is unheard of ;o) At this point, carbs and meat were the only cure,...more
The first thing that struck me about Il Boteglio was that it was crying out for an intervention from Gordon Ramsey. This place could do so much better!
The service was very good and the waitresses were attentive without being too over the top but it seems to be stuck in a little bit of a time warp and the food was very much hit & miss. We had starters of mussels and calamari. The mussels were...more
I had the fetticini and meat balls and it was simple but really very good. Service was fast and polite. No complaints!more
We recently moved into the area and have been looking for a good local restaurant. Gave this one a few tries, but not the one for us.
Food is ok, neither bad nor remarkable. Service is friendly, although am I the only person who doesn't like complementary drinks poured down my throat?
What really, really (really) irritates me rhough, is the waitress's trick of getting the bottle of wine...more