I have been getting outside this summer and finding myself in search of great Italian food in unlikely places. Here’s my top five little Italians, all in the vicinity of some fab parks so you can make the most of an afternoon out.

La Rosetta – Brentford

La Rosetta in Brentford is a perfect little spot for dinner. Serving up a range of traditional Italian dishes, along with a couple of popular favourites, you’ll leave feeling truly satisfied. Portion sizes are huge and come at a reasonable price.Being a 10 minute walk from the beautiful Syon Park and across the river from Kew Gardens, this family run favourite is great to visit after a long stroll.

L’oro di Napoli – South Ealing

Staying in West London, L’oro di Napoli is a great place for pizza. The handmade pizzas are plenty to fill you up; using top quality, fresh ingredients and a hard working pizza oven you will be satisfied in no time. The interior isn’t as impressive as the food, but honestly, who cares when the pizza is this good?It’s really easy to get to from South Ealing station on the Piccadilly line and is just a 15 minute walk from Gunnersbury park. You could even eat outside if you want to take along your pooch!

Tomo Pizzaria- Hanringey

If you are busy visiting alexandra park this summer and fancy some traditional Italian food, take a 10 minute stroll down to Tomo Pizzaria in Haringey. The winner of the 2016 open table’s diner’s choice award, this pizzaria serves up hand prepared pizza and pasta dishes that will surely satisfy. Run by a couple, this has been a warm and welcoming haunt for many north londoners looking for an authentic Italian meal.

La Ballerina – Covent Garden

Okay, so technically this one isn’t near a park, but it is slap bang in the middle of town. Enjoy the bustle of Covent Garden or take in a show after eating at La Ballerina.The independent Italian has a passion for opera and ballet and celebrates the culture of one of the oldest artistic hearts of London. Join them in some authentic Italian cuisine and enjoy a unique dining experience in the middle of the city.

Ciullosteria – Balham (encircled by tooting bec common, wandsworth common and clapham common)

Inspired by southern Italian food, this homely, family run restaurant looks small on the outside but has nothing but big things to offer, serves up traditional dishes to take you on a journey to the Amalfi coast.Why not pop down after a day on the commons. Tooting bec common, Wandsworth common and Clapham common are all a walk or short bus ride away.

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