Cotto

4.4
357 reviews
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Italian
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  • Gluten Free Options
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
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!
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UH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent italian food, friendly service and a genuine athmosphere. We visited on a friday night, the restaurant was maybe half full. Very friendly service and extremely fast! I was surprised how quickly we got our food and have to say - IT WAS GOOD!

Definately a great place to go if you're looking for a genuine italian restaurant!

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. I have many allergies and they couldn’t have been more accommodating. Will come back again often!

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BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service. Owner was so kind & made each guests visit special. Food was fabulous! I had the gnocchi & my husband had pizza. Wonderful experience!

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DE
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find this place. Device excellent and very friendly and good excellent. We will be back. X

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C
London
124 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a really nice dinner at Cotto with a friend. The food was lovely and authentic Italian. The staff was welcoming and serviceminded and the atmosphere was nice. Great find close to Waterloo station - I will be back.

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r
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic Italian food gluten free options knowledgeable & friendly service

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SB
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant meal at Cotto which would appear to be a well established family run Italian restaurant. Only complaint was my wife’s ravioli was slightly hard. Otherwise nothing else to find fault with.

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NA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Male toilets clogged. Placed at the worst table, right by the cutlery (even though we were first customers of the evening). Offered bread, not told this would be charged. Food passable at best. Very much in a hurry to get us out and the next diners in - including the bill being presented un-asked for. Compulsory service charge. Vile.

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KC
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Had read good reviews but out of a group of 4 only one person thought the food was ok. Rest of us did not enjoy the food. Wine was nice. Overpriced and disappointing overall. Would not recommend

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RO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Had dinner with a friend and it was fine though I was expecting better based on other reviews. We shared a pizza and a pasta dish, with a tiramisu for dessert. The owner is lovely, and the staff are ok, though it was a bit difficult to get a recommendation or much banter out of them! We got put in a poky little corner up the back too which wasn’t great.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, food was beautiful, service was also great, really lovely owner.

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is, not only for Gluten-free people an excellent Italian restaurant. Outstanding!

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JO
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As good as any in Italy Great pasta dishes. Was in London for three nights and eat here twice

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BA
London
63 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cotto, is one of those gems, it doesn't look great from the outside but don't be put off walk in and get a great italian welcome, super service and fabulous food, I've been several times now and I love the place.

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Meal was ok service good apart from the amount of time it took, 40 minute wait from starter to main. For an italian restaurant to have no pasta or pizza dishes on the set menu i found very strange, just fish or steak 🤷🏼‍♂️

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is hard to find a more authentic meal anywhere - the food is fantastic, as is the service and atmosphere. Pizza, pasta - can’t beat it. We went twice while in town - both amazing. Thank you!!!

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
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 on 10 December 2018
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
13 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
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
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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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent home-feel dining! Great for celiacs!

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Y
London
16 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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OT
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
18 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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Tulsa
4 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
55 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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OT
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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GF
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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