Straightforward but convivial Italian restaurant that wins over diners with its traditional dishes and old-fashioned charm.
Attracting Wapping residents as well as tourists over the years, Il Bordello often sees queues out of the door during the week. Despite its position at the bottom of one of Wapping’s modernised brick wharfs, you could be taking a step back into the 1990s here – complete with tables covered in plastic cloths, and napkins carefully curled into wine glasses. The food, complemented by an all-Italian wine list, is similarly straightforward.
A starter of parma ham and melon was simple and delicious, the portion more than ample for the price, though the bread used for a bruschetta was a touch too dry. Gigantic pizzas topped with time-tested combinations are a strength; we enjoyed a mix of bresaola, rocket and parmigiana. Another highlight was a perfectly cooked veal chop slathered in a rich sage butter sauce and accompanied by roast potatoes.
This traditional style might not appeal to all modern sensibilities, but it’s hard not to be won over by the convivial atmosphere and jovial team of waistcoated Italian gents. Il Bordello delivers what so many other restaurants lack: a touch of old-fashioned Italian charm.
Our extensive menu is simply overflowing with beautifully fresh fish and seafood, succulent meat, hand-thrown pizzas and traditional pasta dishes. Sample delicacies like the insalata di piovra (a tasty octopus salad), or the bresaola della casa with olive oil, parmesan and a dash of lemon. Mains courses include - to name a few - cotoletta milanese (tender veal coated in golden breadcrumbs) and our spectacular pizza Il Bordello with plenty of homemade passata, lashings of creamy mozzarella, artichoke, red peppers and parma ham.
By way of an accompaniment, enjoy a bottle of Italian wine of which we mainly import direct from small Italian vineyards. Our house wine is just £14.50 and other wines include a Barolo at £38.95.
Recently we were awarded a certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for which we are eternally grateful to our customers. Unlike so many London Italian restaurants, Il Bordello sidesteps pretentiousness and instead focuses on delivering deliciously authentic Italian cuisine. An evening at Il Bordello will remain in your memory long after dining with us.