In Parma by Food Roots

4.3
345 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
​Once upon a time a guy from Parma, Italy, decided to share his passion for charcuterie, cheese & lambrusco and typical home-hand-made pasta from all over Italy but with a special eye on Parma's.
​Covering the widest range of Italian Charcuterie & Cheese personally sourced only for our restaurant to savour with our special dry red sparkling wine strictly served in bowls. Specialising in home-hand-made pasta dishes including Anolini in Brodo and Tortelli d'erbetta from Parma, Lasagne, Gnocchi and gluten-free Polentas from the rest of Italy.
Tucked away on a small quiet pedestrian lane parallel to Charlotte Street, in the lively Fitzrovia, in a rustic still elegant environment where a red Berkel meat slicer and dangling charcuterie give clear hints to the provenance.
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Copas de vino pequeñísimas

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vipStuart
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable food in a relaxed environment

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked as a treat as my friend was leaving for uni. We were so amazed with the quality of the food , each bite was a gateway into heaven. The waiter he had was very kind and he taught us about the history of the food on the menu and recommended us his favourites. The focaccia bread to start was to die for ; they had put some brown bread in too , but I think the focaccia bread was more delicious . We ended up ordering another one because I don’t think they put enough bread into the basket! We shared a charcuterie board and were worried it would be too much for two of us (third person couldn’t eat meat) but we demolished it within 10 minutes! Even the house wine (lombrusco i think) was excellent and we ended up finishing a bottle ! When the main pasta dishes came , it was steaming hot . Unfortunately my friend forgot to inform the waiter he couldn’t have cheese but the pasta came with cheese on top , luckily for us the kind waitress who served us said no worries and went back and came back with a fresh plate of pasta without cheese. Exceptional service! I ordered the ragu pasta which was to die for and I still think back to it to this day. My friend ordered the tomato pasta which he also loved and my other friend ordered the ravioli and she loved it too.
Cannot recommend this place enough everything was worth the price and very good value . We even had deserts, and the tiramisu was just mouthwatering (I’m running out of good adjectives here) , i ordered the chocolate salame which was good but perhaps they should have served it with gelato on the side ? Just because it was a small portion. Only thing I would say is to have more cocktails on offer that are perhaps traditionally Italian. Apart from that everything was sublime and I am coming back this week for another round!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Tagliatelle was beautifully cooked and the ragu was full of flavour. Great service & fast even on a busy night. Thank you!

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NicoA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice little place, it has the right atmosphere for dates and small get-togethers.
On the menu, a selection of simple but typical Italian dishes from Parma, which include great charcuterie and some high quality pasta of more unusual shape and sauces.
Didn’t try the dessert but it looked absolutely delicious.
Friendly but professional service and good atmosphere.
Considering the price, food quality and service I really recommend it.

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GiovannaA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Place is nice, friendly staff and good service. Food pretends to be high quality selected regional Italian products but we found it below the expectations. Overall is a medium Italian restaurant in London. Depending on what you are looking for, we can find better in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Good food and interesting menu. Staff not overly friendly

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Adri
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Due to COVID like all other restaurants out there you are restricted to 2 hr slot ...so be careful not to be late. Fair enough they did message me and told me this , so it was not a surprise we had to clear the table . Food was good, tasty , service nice and overall a good ambience

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Alica
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the staffs are so lovely and the services were fantastic! Not to mention, food was amazing - good cost performance! We really enjoyed the wine, prosciutto, pasta and the desert!

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very helpful staff, and excellent produce, as ever. Ambience Mark is tricky as it was outside in a bit of a Gale!

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EVtours
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location, food simply astonishing and respecting the traditional recipes from Emilia (I'm from Parma, born and raised)

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JuniorS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good authentic food, service a lil slow, good value for money

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Location and service - AMAZING!
Food not amazing, pasta was very hard

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MJMG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fresh and authentic pasta in London! Hidden gem right off the main road - HIGHLY recommend.

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BenW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Good service, nice table, not great food to be honest

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NiraP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food tasted like it came out of a plastic container. Sorry

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HonestEater
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I don't write a lot of reviews but for this restaurant I felt like I had to write one, to save at least a few people's money, time, and appetite...

We arrived there and the service was not bad, the waiter explained the menu and told us about the products they're using and how they're the best from Italy...

What we ordered :

Homemade Focaccia & Bread £2.20... Soft slices of bread and dried up this slices of focaccia tasted like cardboard

MEAT & CHEESE Platter £14... not extraordinary Buffalo mozzarella, not the best Parmesan pieces I've ever tried and some nice Parma Ham, and regular Mortadella

Then we ordered some home made Pasta, we were really looking forward to it, sounded great on the menu...but it was just on the menu unfortunately

LASAGNE £9.50... Thick pasta, not enough Ragu, just plain insipid lasagna, the worst I've tried in my life

TORTELLI D'ERBETTA (veg) £10.50... This was not the best Ravioli but not the worst either, I liked the filling but way too much Pasta around and way undercooked

ANOLINI IN BRODO £10.50... This dish sounded great, a soup when you're eating outside with cool temperatures but nope, super thick, uncooked Ravioli with 0 filling, swimming in a stock, which tasted like just boiled water, olive oil and raw pasta

RED & GREEN SALAD £9... I asked for a green salad to go with my lasagna, they brought me a bowl of iceberg lettuce straight from the bag, 4 cherry tomatoes cut in half, a few olives and some parmesan shavings with a tasteless dressing... for 9 pounds...

The Lambrusco was good, the cappuccino too, the bill a bit bitter...

I won't talk about the cup of hot water we ask to keep us warm and the waiter brought a cup of slightly yellow water with coffee residues floating apologising and saying it's because it's coming from the coffee machine...

Overall, very disappointed, service ok, food overpriced for a very bad quality, reviews were surprisingly good, wondering if people's tastebuds were still working from home...

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StefanoC
London
39 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quite a genuine place. The hand made pasta is good.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, great communication from the staff about our booking. We would not hesitate to return!

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vipEmilyMerks
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great pastas, meats, and tiramisu. Music was a little off putting for a relaxed Sunday meal- electronic dance music? Overall a nice experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Meat and cheese platter starters were served on plastic film on top of a wooden chopping board so looked like it had come from supermarket - quite unappetising to look at.

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OlgaO
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely calm and cozy place for a romantic or intimate diner

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Borya
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

While the food was good, we found the service not very professional, talking loudly among themselves in Italian (which we happen to speak as well). I could hear them more than our own conversation.

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vipNono28
London
20 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch! Delicious! One of the best italian meal in town!
Excellent meat & Cheese platter, pasta and best tiramisu ever!

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AlessandroG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food! We have lived in Parma for a year and my fiance is italian, so we had high expectatives and the food and service completely impressed us! The affettati were amazing and all main dishes were really good. Also our waitress was really friendly and nice.

Lovely place where we will surely come back! Grazie!

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CarolinaF
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing little restaurant, very nice staff and super-tasty, wonderfully authentic food. Portions could be slightly more generous.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of our favourite places for date night - the food is always great.

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HindB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! I am Italian myself and it’s not easy to find an authentic Italian restaurant no matter what they advertise. This was authentic Italian, with prime products and great service. We celebrated my friend’s Birthday there and we couldn’t have picked a better place. Thank you for the lovely evening

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vipDonD
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reminded us of our stay in Parma a few years ago!

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foodies
London
16 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quick service. Delicious

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MarkP
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with a set menu for 8 of us. The staff were very accommodating and organised.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic food from Emilia Romagna, one of my favourite new finds in london

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Filfranz
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tutto ottimo tranne che si era un po' ammassati come le pecore

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AB31
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Before we step foot in the restaurant the service was poor - I dealt with a very rude member of staff whilst attempting to book the restaurant. They claim that OpenTable allows you to book online even thought the restaurant is full, so there was an attempt from them to cancel the booking in the first place. You need to look into that.
Platter was decent as starter but quality of mains and dessert was poor.

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vipMoragR
London
15 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely independent restaurant with good service, food and drink. The only negative is that we were seated in the corner next to a large and very noisy party. This is definitely somewhere we'll be returning to.

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Winelover
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simple Italian, but taste and atmosphere was great. Best place with friends

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic food, great ingredients and charming service!

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Wimpie
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Heerlijk gegeten maar erg leeg restaurant

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Lorenzo
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I like In Parma food, service and location are fantastic. I don't want to order always a full bottle, so the glass option is very welcome. However, I found the glass of wine that I ordered a bit too small, given the price. So here there is a margin to improve IMO

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super tasty food and very reasonably priced

FAQs

In Parma by Food Roots does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

In Parma by Food Roots is rated 4.3 stars by 345 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.