In Parma by Food Roots

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293 reviews
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​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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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing.. they offered a tasting menu for a group of people 16, whereby they bring out the food in groups, sounded good, but they couldn’t pull it off. They said they could seat our group, but it was very very cramped, they didn’t have enough staff on and ran out of glassware. Food wasn’t that great either, will not be going back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Prosciutto platters and cheese platters were very nice, we were all disappointed by the lack of salt in the fresh made pasta. Polenta taste was nice but it wasn’t authentic italian polenta. We were 5 Italians at dinner.

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D
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. We have been twice and on both occasions it has been excellent.

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FD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was good but not the best Italian any of us have had - my polenta was a bit dry and there wasn't enough sauce. On the plus side the starter platter of cheese and meats was lovely and everything is clearly homemade. The service was quite rude, and loud - our waiter showed clear disdain when ie we didn't order lambrusco to drink and was very pushy to get people out of their tables and new people sat down.

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NR
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Tuscan hams and salami as well as simple, good quality pasta dishes.

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a
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

Just avoid, with all nice places in London this is a waste of time and money.

Staff was very nice and constantly apologetic, a couple of teens exploited by a greedy manager. They had to deal with around 40 customers complaining because the food was too slow to arrive, too cold, not available.

We were a small group, had to wait overall 2.5h for:
Some cold cuts
Pasta.
2.5h!!! I waited 1 hour for a bresaola with a bufala mozzarella as small as a £2 note.
It was super hot, smelly and it rained inside.

I am not coming back even though the food is decent. There are so many decent places in London, at a cheaper price, faster, in a nicer infrastructure.

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BF
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Definitely, one of my favourite Italian spots in London. The food is amazing, from the tagliolini al ragu’ to the polenta. This is the place where I keep bringing my friends and family with any excuse.

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ME
London
13 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic Italian food. Just like being in Italy. Loved it! Highly recommend.

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W
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Rather disappointed, given all the good reviews on this site. Service very good but the portions for the main course were too small. "Not enough to keep body and soul together" as my mother would have said.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Portions are a bit small. Platter with four small pieces of parmiggiano, and prosciutto crudo was average.

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FL
London
16 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A sweet little place with good food, great wine and fantastic service! Can get very noisy with large groups and not much space between tables, but good venue for an authentic quick bite...

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l
London
81 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was lovely however the food has gone downhill. Fewer options, poorer quality. Barely any taste. Not good value for money. It’s a shame. This place used to be amazing

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AG
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had such a great time at Parma. In a Nice street, we were welcomed by friendly people.
The food is delicious. The bill is decent since the products are of great quality.
Do not hesitate To book a table there !

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I
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here, great food, authentic like being back in Parma. Love the Lambrusco. Service is great and reasonably priced for a central London place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come l’acqua nel deserto cibo di qualità eccellente ottimo il servizio

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CM
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ottima esperienza, locale accogliente, molta attenzione alle esigenze del cliente, cibo molto buono

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JF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic pasta (actually tasted handmade) and beautiful Lambrusco served in traditional bowls - a really lovely all-round experience!

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VD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All round a great place

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food!

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M
London
17 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Having looked at the website once there we we found the food a little disappointing, not really any different from other decent Italian restos, but nothing special. Cosy restaurant though although inflexible in their approach to ordering wine by the glass.....this restaurant is a missed opportunity.....could be much better if the management cared to make that extra effort. They did not when we were there.

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NB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We regularly host small business dinners at In Parma, its unique atmosphere and the authentic Italian menu make this a solid neighbourhood choice. It's rustic style and the honest simple dishes are always a hit with our clients. If you are so inclined, the extensive Lambrusco wine-list offers an opportunity to reconsider this somewhat unusual drink. I am still not convinced, but its good fun to try and where else in London do you get to drink sparkling red wine in a small ceramic bowl?

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SP
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely little spot, very friendly, not too busy on a Sunday evening. Cold meats very fresh and tasty, pasta main courses all good too.

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MO
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal from the food to the wine with impeccable service!

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We enjoyed the food, only the second time we have been the first was exceptional nice and relaxed. Unfortunately this time it was very much a fast food experience, everything was very rushed. No sooner was our first course plates were cleared the main arrived straight away, then i had just put down our cutlery for our main and somebody stepped up straight away and took the plates, did not even ask have you finished. I know you have a 2hr policy but no one mentioned this so thought we would not be rushed so much, spoilt our evening.

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L
London
62 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

A casual business lunch for a large group - we all enjoyed the mixed cheese and salami/ hams - great quality. The pasta also great, Brodo had fabrastic flavour akin to my experience of living in Italy but could have been a bit hotter.
Service was friendly but a bit ad hoc - had to ask for the order to be taken, focaccia was forgotten and it seemed texting may have been more vital at one point rather than an awareness this was a lunch break.
Since this was a first visit and definitely authentic would still recommend .

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EJ
London
56 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was delicious. Service was good.
There was an incredible noisy table next to us which sort of spoiled our evening. It’s a tiny place and last time we ate here we really appreciated the size of the restaurant and the intimate atmosphere. If they weren’t there it would have been a much more pleasurable meal.

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MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

On the spare of the moment I needed to take 11 clients out to dinner. Put this in Open table and it came up with this. Not disappointed at all in fact it was a hit with the Clients and myself. Ricardo talked to us about all the authentic Italian dishes and they were delicious. I feel like keep this restaurant a secret now I have found it. Would highly recommend it.

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AP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

a short menu, mainly soured from Parma, fresh pasta

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great concept, excellent food and service.!
If you haven't been before you must try the signature wine

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e
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent evening and as the restaurant suggests, something a little different. Delicious cheese and meat platters to start and superb pasta, simple dishes done very well with great ingredients.

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E
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The reviews of this are pretty good and the menu looked tasty and reasonably priced. However the main meals were very average and I've made a better bolognese at home. I've recently spent some time in Tuscany (not too far away from Parma) and even fairly average looking places there served better food than Parma by Food Roots. It lacked anything special.

And also there was no prosecco.

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IM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant Italian food, super cost atmosphere and true value for money! Have been multiple times and it always lived up to expectations! Make sure you get the best sellers meat and cheese platters!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I visited InParma for my other halfs birthday lunch. The restaurant was small but had a welcoming feel. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the the food was authentic and tasty

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NB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The relaxed Neighbourhood feel of this restaurant, its excellent food and the friendly service make this a real gem in amongst many of the restaurants that make up this part of London. I recommend the great charcuterie platters and excellent Polenta dishes.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A tasty spot in central London for authentic cuisine from Parma (think parma ham, parmigiano reggiano cheese, and ragu pasta!). The pasta was al-dente as it should be, and the service was quick and friendly. Expect hanging meats.

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great gem in the neighborhood, really fantastic Italian food, great service and a nice ambiance.

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SC
London
29 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The best in London so far, to taste proper egg-prepared fresh pasta. Whether with their anolini or the ravioli or the tagliatelle. The dry meats are not as good as the ones you can find in Italy or in some Italian delis around London. Lambrusco wine choice is good.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good dinner. True Italian, with homemade and local dishes. Service was great too, the staff was very friendly and shared great recommendations with us.
I was looking for a great Italian to go frequently and I think we've found it.

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

Simple unfussy restaurant serving lovely fresh food. Wonderful meat and cheese platters and super fresh tasting pasta.

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Bolognese pasta and lasagna in the city. Great ambiance and lovely servers.

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