The Italian in the film Hampstead

Eating at the Italian in the film HampsteadΒ came about because my son and his love live a short walk away and they booked it for a birthday celebration. I think any Italian restaurant is a great choice for a family get together but I was thrilled when Char (James’s love and the birthday girl) revealed it was the Italian in one of my favourite films Hampstead. To think Diane Keeton had walked through the doors, took a table on the tiny balcony and clinked wine glasses.

I was a little worried I would be disappointed, that this restaurant would be cute but the service or (horrors) the food would be lacking. So, in the line of duty we tried many dishes, sampled a few bevies and had a jolly good time. So, if you are looking for a restaurant in this fashionable part of London read on…

 

Eating At The Italian In The Film Hampstead. Exterior.

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This is a review of a London restaurant in a fashionable area. It was the romantic and charming restaurant in the film Hampstead. I will tell you if it's worth going to, when and why.

 

During the film Diana Keeton sits on the balcony in front of the doors. It was a lovely scene but not one than suits wet weather, so sadly not one we will be repeating today. However, during warmer months the atmosphere is wonderful with the balcony tables are very much in demand. They over look the beautiful quiet side street which is typical of this area.

 

Eating At The Italian In The Film Hampstead. A London restaurant review.

 

Before I go any further here’s the short trailer of the film, so you’re in the know…

 

 

Villa Bianca was established over 30 years ago and in some ways you can tell. It has a worn in look about it but still maintains a sophisticated ambiance. You get a warm and charming welcome and immediately the service is everything you want it to be. We got a delightful table by one of the windows which sits 6 people easily – and set off ordering Prosecco, cocktails and wine for a cheers to the Birthday girl.

 

Eating At The Italian In The Film Hampstead. A Review On Villa Bianca, Hampstead, London.

Our meal included – Tagliatelle with lamb ragu’ – thin spaghetti with Mediterranean seafood, olive oil, cherry tomatoes, garlic and chilli.

 

The meal was started with an offering from the kitchen of mini pizza bites which were wonderfully soft, comforting and warm! The bread basket had a selection of high quality homemade traditional Italian breads – which came with butter as well as oil (I love butter, but I’m always a bit embarrassed to ask – so English!).

The menu is extensive with lots of crowd pleasers. But you won’t get a typical plate of pasta here. Although the menu is traditional it is of a very high standard so expect to come and savour Italian cuisine at its best.

Like all my favourite Italian restaurants the food is generous (my lasagne was a small portion!) the cocktails are strong (way-hay) and you can laugh and chatter loudly with your group because it’s the Italian way.

 

Eating At The Italian In The Film Hampstead. The Function Room.

 

Upstairs was a bit confusing (see picture above). You’ll need to head up there if you visit the loo. They had lit the fire and some tables looked very inviting, but there were boxes and other messy things around. But to be fair, it is officially the function room (sits 50 people) and was clearly not booked. But, I feel they are missing a trick here and should set this space up so us film fans who want to see the balcony (which was closed and rather uninspiring during Winter) aren’t disappointed. I would have loved to take a photo for Instagram of me sitting on Diane Keeton’s table, or even one just across the room showing the balcony outside.

Still, you can’t argue about the quality of the food or service.

 

Eating At The Italian In The Film Hampstead. A Restaurant Review by Passion fruit, Paws and Peonies.

Our meal included – MΓ©at Lasagne – Sardines with a garlic, rosemary, olive oil and lemon sauce – Fresh mint tea

 

As well as wanting to dine here in the summer months al fresco, it sounds fun booking a night to eat here during their live music nights. I’ve got nothing to go on so it’s completely a guess.

I would recommend this restaurant if you love excellent, hearty honest Italian food. I would travel there to eat if you either love the film or if you simply want to explore Hampstead town. Just be aware that you may not quite get the exact scene reenacted – but downstairs, where the action is at, is a really wonderful alternative.

 

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Villa Bianca, Hampstead, London (020) 7435 3131

 

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26 Comments

  1. February 8, 2018 / 10:09 am

    Wow, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It looks delicious. I’ll be sure to visit next time I’m in London!

    • Maria Kelly
      February 10, 2018 / 9:19 am

      I’m so happy to introduce you to a great restaurant Sarah x

  2. February 8, 2018 / 10:52 am

    What a sweet little location. Nice that you had a good time.

    • Maria Kelly
      February 10, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Yes, Hampstead is a gorgeous area. We had a fab time, thanks Michelle x

  3. February 8, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Oh, I wonder how near the train station it is as that sounds a wonderful treat πŸ™‚ To Google …! Thank you for making me aware this existed!

    • Maria Kelly
      February 10, 2018 / 9:21 am

      You are welcome! It’s about a 2 minute walk from Hampstead tube. Hope you have fun! x

  4. February 8, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Now you have me craving Italian food! And how cool this was in one of your fave movies!

    -Ashley

    • Maria Kelly
      February 10, 2018 / 9:26 am

      Italian restaurants often do have a fab atmosphere, don’t they Ashley!? – and this one is a really great restaurant in it’s own right – but add Diane Keeton and I’m hooked! x

  5. February 8, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    These dishes look incredible!! Now I’m craving pasta! xx

    • Maria Kelly
      February 10, 2018 / 9:27 am

      Haha! You can’t beat a great pasta dish! xx

  6. Sarah - Mud, Cakes and Wine
    February 9, 2018 / 11:28 am

    Sounds amazing

    • Maria Kelly
      February 10, 2018 / 9:37 am

      It is a really great restaurant – their food tastes incredible, we loved it xx

  7. February 9, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    What a gorgeous restaurant! I’ve not seen the film though. I do love Hampstead, have spent many a lovely evening there in my youth! #blogstravaganza

    • Maria Kelly
      February 10, 2018 / 9:38 am

      Oh put the film on in a lazy Sunday afternoon – you’ll love seeing the streets of Hampstead as much as me! x

  8. February 10, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    What a beautiful place, the food looks amazing too! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • Maria Kelly
      February 10, 2018 / 5:04 pm

      Hampstead is such a gorgeous place to visit Zoe. It’s a great restaurant too – very well established in the neighbourhood xx

  9. February 12, 2018 / 4:29 am

    Okay so your yellow coat is gorgeous! This looks like such a cute little restaurant and the food sounds amazing! The picture of it with the black and white and green is so chic and has a real classic look!

    • Maria Kelly
      February 12, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      Thanks Ruth! Actually the young lady in the gorgeous yellow coat is Char – my son’s love. I’m so chuffed you’ve enjoyed this post x

  10. February 12, 2018 / 10:37 am

    It looks lovely here, the food and drinks look delicious. I would love to visit πŸ™‚

    • Maria Kelly
      February 12, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Oh you should, the area is divine so it’s worth a trip in x

  11. February 12, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    I saw the movie too:) how great to have a meal at that restaurant

    • Maria Kelly
      February 13, 2018 / 8:21 am

      I know, right! It’s so nice to hear you ‘get it’ Tanja! x

  12. February 15, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    You’ve reminded me I want to see this film! #thelistlinky

    • Maria Kelly
      February 17, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Oh great – do it! It’s great film for a cozy weekend. Hampstead looks so beautiful in it! x

  13. February 15, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    The food looks amazing and I am now starving!! What a shame you couldn’t see the balcony – maybe next time? Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again next week.

    • Maria Kelly
      February 17, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Thanks Jaki! I think I will be going back – the balcony could be super cute and I have hopes for a summer evening… x

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