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Paradiso E Inferno

About Paradiso E Inferno

This family-owned Italian restaurant in the heart of the West End has long been a fixture on the London pre and post-theatre dining scene. Located on the corner of the Strand and Southampton Street, Paradiso e Inferno dates from a time when eating Italian was an exotic pursuit, and the decor of the restaurant still marks it out as an exuberant outpost of the vivacious side of Italian character. Business folk flock here in the daytimes, but in the evenings there are waves of diners before and after curtain as well as courting couples who linger through the evening in the booths. What’s cooking? Italian trattoria cooking. Starters include tuna fish with borlotti beans and onion rings, mozzarella and tomato salad, andseafood salad with olive oil and lemon juice. Pasta dishes and mains include standards like spaghetti bolognese and fettuccine Alfredo, fried scampi, and pepper steak, as well as grills and soups. A Neapolitan mix of ice creams is good, as is the tiramisu. Drink the coffee. They know what they’re doing.

Full a la carte


-Pate della casa (home-made chicken liver pate served with toast) - £4.80
-Petto di anatra affumicata (smoked breast of duck served with plum sauce) - £5.50
-Bresaola della valtellina (air-cured beef, very thinly sliced, with lemon juice, ground pepper and olive oil) - £6.50
-Tonno e fagioli (tuna fish with borlotti beans and raw onion rings) - £4.80
-Mozzarella paradiso (mozzarella cheese with sundried tomatoes, rucola and black olives) - £5.50

Main Course

-Cannelloni ripieni (oven-baked rolls of pasta stuffed with minced veal and chicken, topped with meat sauce, white sauce and Parmesan cheese) - £7.80
-Scampi alla livornese (scampi in a white wine, garlic and tomato sauce, served on a bed of rice) - £11.50
-Trota alla Mandorla (fresh trout in an almond and cream sauce) - £9.50
-Filetto di bue alla rossini (best fillet steak in a rch brandy sauce and topped with liver pate) - £13.50
-Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino rosso (prepared with garlic, olive oil and chilli) - £7.50


All desserts £3.50
-Cassata Bindi (Italian ice cream with glazed fruits)
-Cream caramel
-Orange sorbet (orange water served in an orange skin)

Additional Information


389 The Strand, WC2R 0LT

Nearest tube:

Covent Garden

Average Price:

£24 and Under

Opening times:

Mon-Sat 12.00pm-2.45pm
Mon-Fri 5.30pm-11.30pm
Sat 5.00pm-11.00pm
Sun 1.00pm-9.00pm

Dress Code:

Smart casual

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