Da Maria: ‘The kind of place that keeps London human’ – restaurant review


This tiny outpost of Naples is the pride and joy of Notting Hill. Now comes the terrible news that it is under threat

Da Maria, 87B Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JZ (020 7792 4491). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £30-£60

Da Maria on London’s Notting Hill Gate is not much to look at, literally. It is less a fully fledged restaurant than a strip-lit, table-laid cupboard. It looks like a sandwich bar with ambitions above its station, which is exactly what it is. The space did once just knock out sandwiches. Then the Ruocco family arrived and in 1980 opened it as a Neapolitan trattoria. Last year we included it in the OFM 50, our list of things we love about food, because you’d have to be a sour, desiccated misanthrope with a sneer you could park a bike in, not to love it.

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