Friday, September 24, 2010

Da Mario's

Looking for a casual place for dinner this week, Cristen searched her NFT (Not for Tourists)  iPhone app, and found us a delightful little Italian restaurant in the Kensington area named Da Mario's. Approaching the restaurant, we were delighted to find a building that was both interesting and a little unusual. A little homework on my part revealed that the building is 120 years old, specifically commissioned by Queen Victoria and is a blend of two styles--Venetian and Gothic.

Inside we were pleased to find a cozy family restaurant popular with the locals.  We were warmly greeted by the waitstaff and we immediately set about perusing the menus.

At our table, we tried their delicious pizza bread and buffalo mozzarella as starters, and then we moved on to some delicious pizza and rigatoni pasta. Everyone was very happy with their selection.

As you enter the restaurant, you are reminded on the steps leading to the door that this location was a favorite of Princess Diana and her boys.

Even the painting above our table of Diana and Mario was reminiscent of those days. Interestingly enough, there is also a lower floor seating area with a disco--music starting at 10:30. 
Be ready all my London friends--there's a disco night in our future, so polish those dance steps and be ready to hustle and slip into the electric slide!!!


  1. What a fabulous find Debi ~ it looks so comfortable and the pizzas are making me drool. How lovely that Princess Diana and her boys were able to spent time in this lovely restaurant. Thanks for the lovely pics.

  2. Thank you for including information about the building. At least two diferent styles of arches, and I love the wrought iron work.
    We are having pizza tonight, but my frozen pizza doesn't look quite the same and the ambiance is a little different.

  3. Hi Debi,

    That looks like my kind of place. Thank you for sharing. If we ever get back to London, that will make the list.

    Jordon is so precious. What a little love bug!

    Big hugs,

  4. Ahhh....what a wonderful meal! Not only was the food perfect, the company was too! (missed you, Jason!)