Fodor's Expert Review Bar Italia

$ Soho Historical Fodor's Choice

This legendary Italian coffee bar on Frith Street is Soho's unofficial beating heart and a 22-hours-a-day classic institution. Established in 1949 during the postwar Italian coffee bar craze and still run by the founding Polledri family, today most regulars grab an espresso or cappuccino made from the vintage Gaggia coffee machine, and wolf down a snack at the mirrored bar counter. The walls are plastered with pics of Italian opera singers, movie legends, and '50s world boxing champs, and it is the primo spot in London to watch Italy play during the World Cup.

Historical Romantic Service Trendy Pet Friendly Casual Breakfast Lunch Coffee Pre-Theater Brunch Dessert Quick Bite $ LGBT Fodor's Choice Family Italian Outdoor

Quick Facts

22 Frith St.
London, Greater London  W1D 4RF, England

- 020 - 7734–4737

Known For:
  • Tiny hole-in-the-wall setting
  • Old-school Italian espresso and sliced pizza
  • Sturdy sausage or bacon sandwiches
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

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