Da Mario

-McKenzie Kramer

While studying in London you fall into a trap of eating sandwich after sandwich thanks to the many patisseries that line the streets. Although delicious and inexpensive, baguettes filled with various ingredients can seem tired after a few weeks.

If you like Italian, treat yourself to a nice dinner that’s both affordable and delectable at Da Mario on Gloucester Road. Resting in the heart of Kensington, this mom and pop Neapolitan restaurant uses fresh ingredients and has an extensive menu. The pizza, however, is their claim to fame. It was supposedly one of Princess Diana’s favorites, having frequented Da Mario with her children when they lived in Kensington Palace. The pizzas, starting at £9, are extremely large and could easily be split between two people.

I went with a larger group and ordered appetizers, wine and a main course. Everything was reasonably priced and, after trying each other’s meals, it was evident that you couldn’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Each dish burst with flavor and tasted authentic.

I highly recommend Da Mario. It had a warm, family feel and the food had quality that is difficult to find within a college student’s budget. Just a short walk from CAPA, it’s extremely accessible and has a lot to offer; the restaurant hosts late night activities (music and dancing) Tuesdays through Saturdays after dinner hours.


Situated on the corner of Gloucester Road and Queens Gate Terrace.

Nearest Underground Station:

Gloucester Road (Circle Line, District Line, Piccadilly Line).

Bus: The 49 Bus runs all the way up and down Gloucester Road.


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