Italian food is very popular all over the world. Great Britain is no exception, including thanks to the prosperous community of Italian immigrants formed in the XVIII century.
The first Italian restaurant recorded in the sources opened in London, on Leicester Square, in 1803, and as more Italians moved to the capital of Great Britain, more and more establishments appeared here. At the beginning of the XIX century. a wave of Italian immigrants came to London to form “little Italy” in the Clerkenwell area. Today in the UK there are more than 5,000 Italian restaurants, Italian cuisine is very popular. A study by Allegra Strategies, a leading hospitality industry consulting company, found Italian cuisine to be second most popular in the UK, second only to British cuisine. Continue reading