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Loved by the locals, La Familglia is an intimate Tuscan Restaurant with favourites on the menu being the wild boar dishes.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 14:45, 19:00 - 23:45

TUE

12:00 - 14:45, 19:00 - 23:45

WED

12:00 - 14:45, 19:00 - 23:45

THU

12:00 - 14:45, 19:00 - 23:45

FRI

12:00 - 14:45, 19:00 - 23:45

SAT

12:00 - 14:45, 19:00 - 23:45

SUN

12:00 - 14:45, 19:00 - 23:45

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By Andrew M.

La Famiglia is a traditional Italian place. The food was delicious (if not particularly unusual) and the waiters were nice.

Pop in to La Famiglia if you're in the area.


By Ian J.

We,ve been to Locatelli, we've been to Murano, but we keep coming back to La Famiglia year in and year out. Great food and the best waiting staff anywhere in the UK. The fiori di zucca is the perfect Italian comfort food! Can't imagine life without La Famiglia.


By Marcus H.

La Famiglia has been an institution in Chelsea for longer than I have been alive. I was first introduced to the restaurant fourteen years ago and have made it a regular haunt ever since. The food is unashamedly country, almost peasant, in style and all the better for it. There's none of the glitz and glamour that you get from Locanda Locatelli for instance, but instead you have wholesome hearty food that is consistently good, and occasionally outstanding. In truth it's not the best Italian in London, but it does have this warm, welcoming homely atmosphere that makes up for any shortfall in the food. The menu hasn't really changed much in all the years I've been going, and I have been hankering after a bit of a change from the usual. Having said that, I still eat the same things!! Gamberoni – big prawns, great sauce, just wish there was more of it! The tagliata di manzo – sliced sirloin steak, lambs lettuce, balsamic reduction – still brilliant. Desserts? Like your mum's mum would make – rustic, simple, full of flavour, but the presentation is always an afterthought! Still, it wouldn't have the same charm if it wasn't the way it is!


By Toni D.

Was taken to La Familglia by a regular and how glad I was.

Menu was extensive and everything we had (we shared all of our courses) was delicious, particularly have to recommend the angel hair with truffle oil...just divine.

Unfortunately we had no room left for dessert but the sweet trolley certainly didnt look like it would disappoint.


By Nina K.

I love La Famiglia - warm and friendly welcome, with just the perfect mix of smartness and comfort. Food is very good, not quite spectacular, but incredibly homely and full of Tuscan flavour. Huge menu too, and kids are made to feel very welcome. Lovely.


By Melina F.

This is the immortal Italian of Chelsea, cool and classy since 1975.

The Venue
La Famiglia is tucked away on a pretty, mainly residential side road just off the Kings Road, in the heart of World’s End. It’s fairly easy to get to by bus but taxis predominate in this neck of the woods. Once past the narrow entrance there are two main dining rooms and a large covered terrace at the back, well heated with patio lamps. Downstairs there is a private room for hire that seats 20 but watch out on those steep stairs. On first glance only the waiters’ white uniforms remind you this is posh restaurant. Both the exterior and interior are non-intimidating, the retro blue and white colour scheme, complete with tiling, is refreshingly unselfconscious. The black and white photos on the walls, of Alvaro the owner and his family and friends, give the two main rooms an old school warmth.

The Atmosphere
The clientele is broad in terms of age range, Sundays are a favourite for families but there are an equal number of younger and older groups at any given time. La Famiglia has long been a haunt of the less ostentatious rich and famous. Chelsea footballers, trendy socialites and film stars are always amongst the crowd. They usually choose to sit on the terrace for relative anonymity. In fact photography, albeit celebratory, is not encouraged. There is a definite presence of wealth, but it’s subtle. The waiters are attentive and friendly and all in all the rooms feel boisterous but relaxed.

The Food
The menu has something for everyone. There are 15 ‘antipasti’ or pre-starters, not including soups or the weekly menu, ranging from £3.50 to £10.50. The sliced raw tuna sprinkled with tomato, onions, peppers, lemon and olive oil (Tonno alla San Corrado) really whets the appetite. Because the tuna is so fine it doesn’t overwhelm its companions; this particular blend of simple flavours, each distinguishable from the other, is crunchy and soft at the same time, well seasoned but not too oily. There is also a huge choice for vegetarians like the Panzanella, a famous Tuscan salad with tomato, cucumber, celery, bread and basil. The risotto with cuttle fish ink sauce is slightly alarming to look at and don’t whatever you do speak with your mouth full, your teeth will temporarily be on the dark side of black, but it’s worth it for the unusual combination of colour and the springy, thick texture. The flavour is reminiscent of squid and altogether less generic than so many seafood risottos.

The Pappardelle al Cinghiale a.k.a. fresh, hand cut, egg pasta with wild boar sauce is sublime. Wild boar is a strong meat, somewhere between pork and lamb, with a full on flavour, so this is a rich sauce with a rich eggy pasta, it’s very filling and don’t be disappointed that the portion isn’t vast. It’s like the best Bolognese you’ve ever had with a heftier taste. There are ten main fish dishes, ranging from £9.50 for the fresh grilled sardines to £19.50 for the monkfish sauteed in lemon, garlic and parsley. If you’re a real meat lover, go for the organic salt marsh lamb steak or loin of lamb in breadcrumbs with fresh chopped mint. The steak version is, as the menu warns, extremely rare but it’s tender, juicy and unspoilt with garlic and rosemary and as a side dish the deep fried marrow flowers are a welcome alternative to chips. They’re quite soft on the outside because the oil is fresh as a daisy, but then there’s the unexpected crunch when you get past the batter. Heaven.

There is no dessert menu, but better still a dessert trolley. You can ask and see what everything is, from tiramisu to trifle, profiteroles to chocolate mousse. The Torta della Nonna, Grandma’s cake, is a light almond tart with a lemony tang and sweet hard crust, it’s perfect if you don’t have too much room left in your waistband.

The Drink
There are all the usual suspects for a Tuscan trattoria of this ilk. In the red corner there’s a decent house Chianti or if you want to spend £50 there’s a stunning Sassicaia. There are of course, whites, spirits and champagnes but if you want to really fit in go for an Italian prosecco like a Berlucchi instead, or even the rose.

The Last Word
This is a haven of unpretentious, excellent food in the posiest of postcodes. It’s a great place to go in a group, as a family or a deux and you definitely get what you pay for.

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