Italian Job: Gloria
Unashamedly kitsch and joyfully bonkers, dining at Gloria is a guaranteed good time. The first UK venture from Parisian group Big Mamma, the Shoreditch-based restaurant is so popular that it’s not uncommon to see queues stretching down the street. Here, the concept of a traditional Italian trattoria is filtered through a retro 1970s lens (and cranked up to 11). Once you finish blinking at the decor — a riot of frills, chintz and plush — you’ll find that the food is, in fact, very good. Bring a team of hungry friends to justify the enormous sharing platter of excellent carpaccio, before attacking the 10 (10!) layer lasagne or Brexitalia Truffle pizza. For dessert, tiramisu comes dolloped straight on to your plate, while the famed lemon meringue pie arrives in the form of an enormous, quivering tower. Be warned: the two-way mirrors on the cubicle doors in the bathroom take some getting used to.