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About Cotto

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!

89 Westminster Road
London, SE1 7HR
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday:12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 11pm

Saturday: 6pm - 11pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7928 5535

Website:
http://www.italiancotto.co.uk/

Public Transport:
Lambeth North station

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine

Cotto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

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food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 10 November 2017

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

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 28 October 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 11 October 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 9 October 2017

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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·Dined on 26 September 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on 9 September 2017

Probably some of the best Italian I have ever eaten. I will go back even if its out of the way next time im in London!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals
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·Dined on 25 August 2017

We dined at Cotto five years ago, while visiting from the States. Our family has a number of food restrictions (celiac, nut allergies), so we were thrilled once we dined at this restaurant. Fantastic gluten-free pasta and bread. We spoke directly with the owner - he was great at steering us the right way, and was extremely friendly and helpful.

Earlier this week, my daughter and I just visited London again, and decided to go back to the restaurant. I'm pleased to say that we were just as happy with the food quality as we were on our first trip. It was great to catch up with the owner again, as well.

I would enthusiastically recommend Cotto to anybody.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on 15 August 2017

Great Gluten Free Options
My daughter had a great gluten-free pizza. My son ate regular pizza which was great too! we had wonderful pasta and starters
Nice Hospitality by the Italian owner
Simple and nice Italian family atmosphere
Good value for money
Thank you!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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food5
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·Dined on 11 August 2017

Wonderful authentic restaurant in Lambeth - loved the menu and the wine. Will be returning soon.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on 25 July 2017

Excellent gluten free menu. Fantastic if you are coeliac.

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 (London)·Dined on 10 June 2017

This place was adorable. The owner was delightful. I felt like we were in Italy. Service and food were great!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 25 May 2017

Excellent homely Italian cuisine, authentic, friendly and communicative staff, good drinks selection - what's not to like ! Non vedo ora di ritornare e prendere un altro Amaro Lucano - buona fortuna a tutti !

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (London)·Dined on 25 May 2017

I've never been high-fived for being the difficult one at the table before! I'm on a Low FODMAP diet (medical) which can make eating out really difficult and sometimes quite embarrassing. At Cotto you're made to feel special no matter what to can or can't eat! Their homemade gluten free bread was delicious, and my specially crafted main met my dietary requirements and was the loveliest gluten free pasta I've tasted. Portions are generous, especially the bresaola, and my non-fussy friend enjoyed her dinner just as much. Looking forward to going back and trying the pizza!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 7 April 2017

Booked Cotto for an after show meal for my partners birthday as I am coeliac - the owner was great - only pizzas as very late (after 22.30) but fine as he could provide me with gluten free - best gf pizza I've had in last year since diagnosed and we'll be back earlier to sample full menu as fantastic service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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food3
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 29 March 2017

Had a tasty meal and good size portions before theatre.

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 (London)·Dined on 12 January 2017

Loved this place! Felt very authentic. We could have been in Italy. So cozy and the smells of garlicky dishes made the whole experience very nice. I had the gnocchi with tomato sauce and it was perfect. Too large of a portion for me, so I didn't finish it, but so glad I tried it. The marinated olives brought out first thing we're quite special --garlic and spice! Great comfort food on a chilly night.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 30 December 2016

Straight forward good food and outstanding setvice! The carbonara is the best!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Outstanding Value
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 (London)·Dined on 20 December 2016

Fantastic Italian food, almost all of which can be made gluten-free. Great friendly atmosphere with good service.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 21 November 2016

Superb choice of gluten free options including gluten free bread, gluten free pizza, gluten free pasta and loads of scrummy gluten free desserts. The vast majority of options can be made gluten free. Very friendly staff.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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·Dined on 7 November 2016

The food is plentiful and delicious.
I needed a gluten, wheat, dairy and nut free meal and it was catered for easily.

I had been warned that the customer service wasn't very good, that was a lie, we received a friendly welcome (even though I'd phoned to say we were running 10-15 minutes late) and we were treated very well.
We will definitely be returning

Tags: Vegan, Casual, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 29 October 2016

Staff were extremely helpful and the GF food was exceptional. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is GF, as the menu choice was as good as the non GF menu. Home made GF bread too and lots of GF deserts. I will definitely be going back next time I am in London. I had my first GF beer too.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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food4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 28 October 2016

An amazing amount of GF options. I opted for the special of crab and lobster ravioli and it did not disappoint. I would say the staff made our visit even more enjoyable.

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 (London)·Dined on 30 September 2016

Does exactly what it says it does!! Good old fashioned local family Italian fare. But we travelled from West London to East London with Australian relatives because of their allergy awareness! And they did NOT disappoint! Thanks guys!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 28 September 2016

This is one of those little gems. Food and service was terrific! We would definitely eat there again!

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 (London)·Dined on 23 September 2016

We had a fantastic evening at Cotto. We had a very warm welcome , the service could not have been better and the food as fantastic ! Also really great for our gluten free friend as there was so many gluten free options! We will definitely be returning and would recommend it any time!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Outstanding Value
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 (London)·Dined on 9 August 2016

Dined at Cotto after reading reviews. Terrific family run restaurant. The owner Lino was very accomodating with any allergies as were the other members of staff
Very authentic Italian food - tastes amazing. Very reasonably priced.
Can't wait to go back.
Maybe on date four Lino!! Thanks for the advice

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 5 August 2016

Large portions of genuine & excellent Italian cuisine. A little off the beaten path but close to Waterloo station and worth a taxi ride.
The owner is a charming gentleman from Naples who oversees the staff and ensures exceptional service. I will return on future visits to London.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 13 July 2016

This was our first family dinner during our vacation in London, and it was absolutely amazing! The pasta was made from scratch and gluten free options were available for almost every dish. The service was great and the prices were very reasonable. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 12 July 2016

The owner greeted us, and let us know that he understands gluten issues, add he has celiac.
We were a large group and were given the upstairs to ourselves.
Our server was excellent. The gluten free pizza and lasagna were both good enough for the non-sensitive to enjoy.

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 (London)·Dined on 12 July 2016

We found this place by a search on Open Table and I'm not sure from the outside if we'd have seen it so very glad we had found it. The staff were so friendly - we straight away felt looked after; this despite the fact some of the staff seemed fairly new. The food was good, honest Italian food at a good price and they catered for the celiac and vegan diets required by 2 of our group. It was very easy to get to - right opposite Lambeth North and a short walk from Waterloo. Good venue for a get together. We would go here again definitely.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 5 July 2016

Family's first time in London, and wanted a nice dinner - but it needed to offer gluten free choices for my daughter. The staff were excellent, and the menu offered everything in a gluten free option. The pizza as an appetizer was magnificent. The pasta dish recommended by the owner was cooked perfectly. And, we got tips about how they make gluten free pasta and pizza dough. Amongst our best experiences in London - and we did everything :)

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 (London)·Dined on 26 April 2016

I was won over by the promise of gluten free food, but I got so much more than that. The food was INCREDIBLE, gluten free and normal. DID I MENTION THEY HAVE GLUTEN FREE TIRAMISU?? Wonderful waitstaff, including the owner who walks around chatting in Italian/English to everyone, ensuring everyone is not only well fed, but happy. Lots of people came in just for the lasagna, which is served in a personal cast iron skillet. Cannot recommend enough, this little 'hole in the wall' is a special find.

Tags: Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 5 December 2015

When we entered Cotto, it felt like stepping into a restaurant in Umbria. My young son led the way and was given a warm welcome, which was followed through with good service and a lovely family friendly atmosphere all the time we were there.
My son is coeliac and was delighted to find he could pick nearly anything from the menu.
We all had great food at good value and left oromising ourselves that we would treat ourselves to a visit another time!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 21 November 2015

We've lived round the corner to this place for a few years and always intended to go. Finally we did it and wish we hadn't waited so long. Delicious food, good value but most importantly what lovely people! The atmosphere is perfect. GO.
Thank you cotto!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Leicestershire)·Dined on 7 November 2015

This was our first meal at Cotto, celebrating an anniversary, and the whole experience far exceeded expectations! Upon being seated, the staff and exceptional service shone. The staff were very knowledgeable about the menu and wines, available but not hovering, trained to a very high standard, and very pleasant. The first course, however, eclipsed the impeccable service and began a truly memorable culinary treat. Every plate was carefully composed, bursting with flavor, and just delicious. We shall return often and highly recommend Cotto!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 8 October 2015

Had a terrific dinner at Cotto and will absolutely be back each and every time I make it to London!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 1 October 2015

I visited for a business lunch. The food was excellent and the owner and his son was extremely good hosts. i will definitely visit again, whether on business or for pleasure.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on 19 August 2015

We only ate here once, as they were closed on Sunday when we first tried to go. We missed out, as they have virtually every pasta option you could hope for available as gluten free! (Helps to have the owner needing gluten free!) Wonderful food, small quiet atmosphere, great selection! Delicioso!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 1 August 2015

The options which I was given to say why I would recommend didn't include good gluten free options but Cotto does amazing gluten free options. At least 95% of the menu was available as gluten free which is the whole reason I decided to visit Cotto as I am coeliac. The owner (also a coeliac) was very welcoming and friendly, the staff were polite and friendly and service was very quick even though the restaurant was full. I chose the mixed cheese pizza and it was the best gluten free pizza I have ever had. I was very impressed with everything about the restaurant, as was my boyfriend who has no food intolerances. We've already decided to visit Cotto again on our next visit because it was such a lovely experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 10 July 2015

Great food, of great value! Friendly environment and service. Delicious menu and good wine. perfect for family and group at any occasion.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value
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