Cotto

4.4
341 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Authentic
  • Casual
Since the Romans left, the Italians have been operating a policy of conquering the world's palate, plate by plate, and traditionally-run family restaurants like Cotto are their failsafe. The welcome is unfailingly warm here, the decor is authentic in feel, with murals on the walls, and the pleasures of the table are taken seriously indeed. Cotto is a 5-minute walk from the London Eye and the Aquarium, perfect for before or after family outings and it's also very popular with business customers during the week. There's live music on offer, too. As for the menu, try classic Tricolor salad to start, one of more than a dozen pastas, like Spaghetti carbonara, and a main course of simply and beautifully grilled Sirloin steak. Or just opt for a pizza and be happy!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday:12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 11pm

Saturday: 6pm - 11pm
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020 7928 5535
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Lambeth North station
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 341 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with amazing genuine Italian food and staff! All the menu is gluten free, so it’s a paradise for gluten intolerant people!

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LC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with extensive gluten free options (all their pasta and pizzas are available gluten free as well as several desserts) and the food was very nice. The atmosphere is quiet and traditional and the staff lovely. I’ll definitely go back!

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DB
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After several days of eating at exclusive restaurants in London, we were just looking for some bread, pasta and a bottle of wine. We were thrilled to find this place just a few steps from our hotel.

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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early for our booking but it was not a problem for them. The menu was fantastic for the gluten free option for my husband. He said it was the best bread he had ever tasted and we both had the lasagne, which was lovely. Staff and service was first class. We cannot praise them enough.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

True Italian experience. The owner is hands on here and makes sure everything runs smoothly. He has had Celiac disease for 30 years and takes gluten allergy seriously. Loved chatting with him! Delicious pasta and wide selection of gluten free menu items. Definitely going back!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent home-feel dining! Great for celiacs!

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Y
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Cotto Italian Restaurant. My husband and I recently had lunch at Cotto. We live in the area and decided to try Cotto for a mid-week lunch. The owner/manager was very helpful, engaging and attentive. We had a lovely lunch. Great Italian food at a reasonable rate. I would definitely return.

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N
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Okey food, great with all gluten free options.
Extremly warm (hot) restaurant, which led us to leave before dessert.
Don’t ever underestimate the need to start the AC!!!!
Do you have it for other reasons than to use it, sell it!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect !!!

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A warm welcome, fast and attentive service, tasty traditional Italian at a reasonable price. A good place for an informal meal before a show at the Old Vic (5 minutes on foot).

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MM
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very timely and friendly service, catering for all sorts and nice genuine Italian feel.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

No recommendation here for this place. Firstly we were shown to a table in a small alcove at the back of the restaurant which lacked any atmosphere. This was annoying because I had made a booking and there were tables available in the main part of the restaurant. I asked the waiter but he didn’t seem interested and laughed it off
The food was ordinary, nothing special so was a disappointing night.

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PM
London
16 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was delicious. Gluten free options on most of the dishes (but not always available). Not many customers during lunchtime so lacked the normal Italian buzz. I would heartily recommend it to any Celiac as the owner is a fellow sufferer who ensures there is an option for you.

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VR
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great authentic Italian meal here. The lasagna and spaghetti with bolognese sauce were delicious. Their olives it’s bread are spicy and unique. My wife went back a second time to eat here during our 5 day trip to London. Would recommend their house red wine. The owner was very friendly and made sure we were enjoying the food.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great little place, attentive staff and good food at a reasonable price for central London.

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EM
Nashville
51 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food, super wait staff the owner is a true delight, and the food is excellent. Love the casual atmosphere

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for gluten free diners. The owner also has celiac and almost every dish on the menu offers a gluten free option. Limited drink menu if you aren’t a wine drinker.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Cotto whilst staying in London for Chelsea Flower Show. Having Cealiac desease and needing gluten free food It is great to see a restaurant that ,apart from a couple of dishes , offering a gluten free version of all of the rest of their menu.
Also such a happy restaurant run by Italian father and son with all the cheek banter that happens in a family run restaurant. Wish we had place like this where we live in Southampton.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food good service a proper Italian restaurant run by Italians 👍

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XB
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a great dinner with our 2 kids (5 and 9). Pizza was tasty, pasta were very nice and our kids shared a great and tasty gluten free pizza. One of our daughter has celiac disease and such place with tons of gluten free options is the real paradise for her. Thanks Cotto for this great family dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with a big group. We were well served and happy.

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RA
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Cotto on the last day of our London vacation, and we couldn't have been happier with the food and the overall experience. One of those so-rare genuine family restaurants with fantastic food. Wish we could have gone back again.

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m
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 1

Meh, nothing special. The tiramasu was especially banal. Sort of place you can imagine Gordan Ramsay tearing apart.

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Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Handmade gluten free pasta, including filled ravioli!!! Tge gf pizza crust was fluffy; not the flat, crunchy crust we are usually stock with. The owner has been celiac for 30 years so he understands what is necessary to keep his celiac customers free from illness while still having tasty, authentic food. The bread was out of this world and there were multiple gf dessert options. My only recommendation would be to have more dairy free/casein free options, though that is quite difficult at an Italian restaurant. All in all, a great meal for my family and I.

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P
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Italian food and service, worth checking out, plenty of gluten free options.

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TS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We arrived 5 mins late for our table, to find that it had been given to other diners. The owner then tried to hurry up other diners to get a table free for us - we left before they made matters worse. Would avoid

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WS
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time, a good welcome, good menu choice and the food was great too. Value was fine so we would definitely go back. Reasonably well located for us, so easy to get to.

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EJ
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

WE had a lovely evening with lots of GF choices. The Italian owner made us feel very welcome. Great house wine too!

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Well-priced, big selection, friendly hosts. Would happily go again.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at Cotto, the food was great and the portions were super generous! This is one of the only places which offers almost everything on the menu as a gluten free option! Would definitely go again :)

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London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for the gluten free options as my companion is celiac. She was particularly impressed by the many options on offer and thought that this was the best restaurant offering gluten free meals that she had encountered.

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable, and we would highly recommend a visit - she did in fact go back the following evening, such was her enthusiasm for the menu.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Oldlooking restaurant, old furniture and when we enterd they couldn’t find our reservation. We were put in the back, in the corner, looking to the wall and without heating it was very cold. When we complained about it they gave us the answering that the cold was because of the weather....
The average food, covered with a supermarket-actioncorner-containerfood tomatosauce got quickly cold aswell. Costed us £ 80,-Whoeaaa! The only thing that made us glad was that we coul leave!

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SW
Berkshire
11 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second visit and a bit less busy than previously. The usual cheery welcome, but this time we got more of the back story on the extensive range of gluten for options. Service better than previously, due to staff being less pressured. The food was good as usual and the drinks reasonably priced. We'll be back.

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G
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is a 5 min walk from Westminster bridge. The gluten free food was very good as was the selection offered. It's a typical Italian restaurant but offers good gluten free Italian food not just pizza

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food and AMAZING Gluten Free food. Simply the best

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JD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really like this place. Great charm, lovely house red and attentive service.

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London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming, efficient service and food was good. Reasonably priced and great for gluten free.

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G
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant had a lovely family feel and great ambience. I was extremely impressed with the gluten free options, however I had the gluten free pizza and couldn’t finish it as it was much too salty for my taste. I would still return and perhaps try the one of the other many options! I did really trust them to limit contamination which is extremely important for me.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, Outstanding Service! A+ experience at Cotto!

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DD
London
35 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place and clearly friendly and family run. Loads of gluten free options, but you pay for the pleasure- around a £2 premium! But great to be able to eat and drink (Peroni) totally gluten free, which is often difficult.

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